Dr. Ashley S. Hammond
American Museum of Natural History
Division of Anthropology
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
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 comparative methods.
I actively conduct paleontological field work in Kenya, and teach the paleoanthropology component of the Koobi Fora Field School in East Turkana. My current field work focus is on Pliocene and Pleistocene sites in northern Kenya.
In the AMNH Biological Anthropology Lab (BAL), our core values are hard work, respect, honesty, and integrity.