Dr. Ashley S. Hammond
office phone: (202) 994-0351
office location: SEH 6695
Center for the Advanced Study of Human Paleobiology
Department of Anthropology
The George Washington University
Science and Engineering Hall
800 22nd Street NW, Suite 6000
Washington, DC 20052
I am a paleoanthropologist and functional morphologist studying 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 Pliocene and Pleistocene sites in northern Kenya, and teach the paleoanthropology component of the Koobi Fora Field School in East Turkana. My current field work focus is on Australopithecus-bearing Pliocene sites near Allia Bay (Kenya) and is a collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya.