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David B. Patterson

Ph.D. CASHP, The George Washington University
M.S., Georgia College and State University
B.S., Georgia College and State University


Department of Biology
University of North Georgia
Health and Natural Sciences Building
Dahlonega, GA

Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology
The George Washington University
Washington, DC


Research Focus:


My current research program focuses on the intersection between ecosystem change and hominin behavior in eastern and southern Africa. By placing hominin evolution within a resolved ecological framework, we can begin to understand the nature and context of important changes in the biology of our ancestors. Fieldwork is crucial to my research program. I currently work in collaboration with the Koobi Fora Research and Training Program (Koobi Fora Field School) in the Turkana Basin of northern Kenya, but have active programs in South Africa and Ethiopia. Increasingly, my work focuses on understanding the ecological dynamics of extant mammal communities in eastern and southern Africa for insights into hominin and non-hominin ecology during the Pleistocene. Most recently, I have begun a project focusing on the relationship between diet and life history characteristics in the yellow baboons (Papio cynocephalus) of Amboseli National Park, Kenya.


Comparison of large and small mammal carbon isotope values from the fossil site of Elandsfontein, southern Africa

Paleosol carbon isotope values and abundance of grassland-indicative taxa from East Turkana, northern Kenya

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