Dr. Ashley S. Hammond
[PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM MOVING TO THE AMNH IN SUMMER 2018. Email will be the best way to contact me during this transition.]
I am a paleoanthropologist and functional morphologist working on questions related to the evolution of apes and humans.
I am particularly interested in reconstructing the evolution of locomotion in apes and humans, but mosaic fossil anatomy and the fragmentary nature of the fossil record make locomotor reconstructions challenging. My work attempts to deal with these issues in locomotor reconstruction by implementing innovative modeling techniques, digital imaging, morphometrics, live animal data collection, dissection work, and phylogenetic comparative methods.
I also actively conduct paleontological field work in northern Kenya, and teach the paleoanthropology component of the Koobi Fora Field School in East Turkana. My current field work focus is on Pliocene and Plesitocene sites in East Turkana (Kenya), and is a collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya.