Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Briana Pobiner

Education Program Specialist (Human Origins)
Department / Division
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, Rutgers University 2002 - 2007
  • M.A. in Anthropology, Rutgers University 1999 - 2002
  • B.A. in Evolutionary Studies, Bryn Mawr College 1993 - 1997
Research Interests

Human Evolution, Zooarchaeology, Taphonomy, Science Education

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Book Chapter
  • Schneider, Carrington S., Pokines, James T., L'Abbé, Ericka N., and Pobiner, Briana. 2022. "Reptile Taphonomy." In Manual of Forensic Taphonomy. Pokines, James T., L'Abbé, Ericka N., and Symes, Steven A., editors. 667–693. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.
  • Pobiner, Briana, Watson, William A., Beardsley, Paul M., and Bertka, Constance M. 2019. "Using Human Examples to Teach Evolution to High School Students: Increasing Understanding and Decreasing Cognitive Biases and Misconceptions." In Evolution Education Reconsidered: Understanding What Works. Harms, Ute and Reiss, Michael J., editors. Springer, Cham. (
  • Pobiner, Briana and Terry, Mark. 2018. "Intelligent Design." In International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology. Trevathan, Wenda, editor. John Wiley & Sons.
  • Blumenschine, R. J., Andrews, P., Capaldo, S. D., Njau, J. K., Peters, C. R., and Pobiner, Briana L. 2007. "Vertebrate taphonomic perspectives on Oldowan hominid land use in the Plio-Pleistocene Olduvai basin, Tanzania." In Breathing Life into Fossils: Taphonomic Studies in Honor of C. K. (Bob) Brain. Pickering, T. R., Schick, K., and Toth, N., editors. 161–179. Gosport: Stone Age Institute Press.
  • Blumenschine, R. J. and Pobiner, Briana L. 2006. "Zooarchaeology and the ecology of Oldowan hominin carnivory." In Evolution of the Human Diet: the Known, the Unknown and the Unknowable. Ungar, P., editor. 167–190. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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