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Amelia VillaseƱor

PhD Candidate, The George Washington University
MSc, The George Washinton University
Bs, Arizona State University

Center for the Advanced Study of Hominin Paleobiology
The George Washington University


Research Focus:


My research strives to understand the feedback mechanisms between large mammal and plant communities and the effects of climate change on both. Currently, I am focused on how these mechanisms operated within Eastern Africa during the Pliocene, specifically across fossil sites from Northern Ethiopia to Northern Kenya. This research addresses key questions in human evolution, such as how climate change has shaped the landscape in the past and today and how this affects the behavior and assembly of mammal communities, including humans.

My current ETE focus builds on our previous work showing that humans may have changed the way ecological communities are structured in the present; thus, a group of us are asking if this same pattern holds when you consider the way mammal and plant communities change from site to site. This work has important implications for understanding the future consequences of human impacts on the environment.

Stommel diagram demonstrating differences in the temporal and spatial scales represented within different ecological proxies


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