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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  • 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, edited by Harms, Ute and Reiss, Michael J., Springer, Cham.
  • Pobiner, Briana and Terry, Mark. 2018. "Intelligent Design." in International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology, edited by Trevathan, Wenda., 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, edited by Pickering, T. R., Schick, K., and Toth, N., 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, edited by Ungar, P., 167– 190. Oxford: Oxford University Press.