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Office: Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoecology, Paläoanthropologie, Rümelinstr. 23 Room 517, Hauptbäude, 2. OG D-72070 Tübingen
Email: katerina.harvati(at)ifu.uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone: +49-(0)7071-29-76516
Personal Website: https://uni-tuebingen.de/index.php?id=88153

Office: Institute of Linguistics, Wilhelmstraße 19, 2nd floor, office 1.20
Email: gerhard.jaeger(at)uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone: +49-7071-29-77302 (direct)
Personal Website: http://www.sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/~gjaeger/


Office: Rümelinstr. 23, room 603b , Tübingen
Email address: marisa.koellner@uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone Number: +49-(0)7071-29-72139
Personal Website: http://www.sfs.uni-tuebingen.de/~mdelz/
ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marisa_Koellner
Office: Rümelinstr. 23, room 603a, Tübingen
Email address: monika.doll(at)ifu.uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone Number: +49-7071/29-76548
ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Monika_Doll2

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Junior Research Group


Dr. Costantino Buzi is a paleoanthropologist, currently enrolled as Postdoctoral Researcher at the DFG Center for Advanced Studies “Words, Bones, Genes, Tools: Tracking Linguistic, Cultural and Biological Trajectories of the Human Past”, University of Tübingen. His PhD dissertation, completed in 2020 at the Department of Environmental Biology of the Sapienza University of Rome, concerned the study of the inner facial morphology of Neanderthals through the case study of the Neanderthal skeleton from Altamura (Southern Italy). He has been Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Environmental Biology of the Sapienza University of Rome, with a project on the virtual reconstruction of the nasal cavity in Mid-to-Late Pleistocene humans. He is an experienced researcher in the study of human fossils through virtual methodologies of analysis and digital acquisition. This is paired by a solid experience in the archaeological fieldwork built up in major fossil sites as Olduvai Gorge (Tanzania), Atapuerca (Spain) and Altamura (Italy). 

Office: Rümelinstr. 23, room 603c , Tübingen
ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Costantino_Buzi
Office: Rümelinstr. 23, room 604a , Tübingen
Email address: saetbyul.lee@student.uni-tuebingen.de

Benazzo_photoDr. Andrea Benazzo is a research technician at the University of Ferrara, Italy. His main research interest is in the use of genomic data to reconstruct the evolutionary history of organisms, focusing on past demography and adaptation to extreme environmental conditions. Dr. Benazzo is also interested in developing bioinformatic tools for analysis of genomic data. During his time at the Center, he processed human next generation sequencing data with updated pipelines in order to make them suitable to different kind of population genetics analysis. In particular, he applied recently developed computational methods to infer population structure, admixture, and migrations, as well as investigate how these processes acted together to shape the observed pattern of genetic variation at a whole genomic scale.

Email: andrea.benazzo@unife.it
ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrea_Benazzo
Dr. Ewa Dutkiewicz, a graduate of the University of Tübingen, was a short-time fellow for a 6-month period in 2018. Dr. Dutkiewicz completed her doctoral dissertation on “Markings, Patterns, and Symbols of the Swabian Aurignacian,” funded by the Ice Age Association of the Lone Valley (Förderverein Eiszeitkunst in Lonetal e.V.). From 2011-2018, Dr. Dutkiewicz served as curator in the Archäopark Vogelherd in Niederstotzingen. She has extensive archaeological experience ranging from work at the local Middle-Upper Paleolithic site of Vogelherd to the Holocene site of Hopewell in Ohio(USA). During her time at the Center, Dr. Dutkiewicz will start up the SignBase project with Dr. Christian Bentz, which will curate the wealth of understudied abstract motifs and mobile art of the European Upper Paleolithic, focusing on the Swabian Jura. The project aims to compile data that can be used to study the geographic and chronological patterning of abstract signs, comparing their information encoding potential with Holocene records of early writtenlanguages. Since June 2019 she is a research assistant at the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. She is the curator of the Stone Age department, responsible for the collections ranging from the Middle Paleolithic to the Chalcolithic period.

ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ewa_Dutkiewicz
Phillip Endicott

Dr. Phillip Endicott is researcher at the Natural History Museum of France in Paris and was a visiting fellow at the DFG Center for the Spring of 2017. His wide educational background in Anthropology and Archaeology and his focus on Island Southeast Asia and Oceania gives a good fit with research interests at the DFG Center. Since writing a thesis on the symbolism of canoes and Polynesian voyaging during his MA in the Anthropology of Art, Dr. Endicott has maintained a strong interest in the Austronesian speaking world and is currently engaged in projects looking at Taiwan, the Philippines, eastern Polynesia and sea nomads of Myanmar. During his stay in Tübingen, Phillip worked with Gerhard Jäger, Hugo Reyes-Centeno, and Christian Bentz on comparison of genetic, linguistic, and morphological measures of diversity in the peoples of Oceania and Island Southeast Asia.

Ghirotto_photoDr. Silvia Ghirotto is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy. Her main research interests are understanding the demographic processes underlying human expansion out of Africa and the genealogical relationships between human populations along their evolutionary history. In order to reconstruct the human past, Dr. Ghirotto employs population genetic approaches, including Approximate Bayesian Computation methods and other model-based techniques, for both contemporary and ancient samples. During her time at the Center, she studied worldwide human genomic data in order to shed light on migration patterns and mechanisms of adaptation that modern populations experienced after their expansion out of Africa.

Email: silvia.ghirotto@unife.it
ResearchGate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Silvia_Ghirotto

Johanna Nichols is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests Slavic languages, the linguistic prehistory of northern Eurasia, language typology, ancient linguistic prehistory, and languages of the Caucasus. As a DFG Center fellow, Prof. Nichols worked on language geographical peripheries and hotspots, as well as on language attractors, head marking, and the evolution of simplicity.

Visit http://slavic.berkeley.edu/people/johanna-nichols/ for her latest CV and publications.

Email: johanna@berkeley.edu
ResearchGate Profile: https://berkeley.academia.edu/JohannaNichols/

Dr. George (PJ) Perry was a long-term fellow at the DFG Center from June 2018 to July 2019. He and his research group at Pennsylvania State University (from where George is visiting us while on sabbatical) study human evolution, evolutionary ecology, and evolutionary medicine with approaches from anthropology, evolutionary biology, parasitology, and population, comparative, functional, and paleo (ancient DNA) genomics. During his fellowship, George collaborated with other members of the DFG Center on evolutionary genomic studies of human and archaic hominin body size variation. At Penn State, George is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Biology and the Harry J. and Elissa M. Sichi Early Career Professor of Anthropology.

Visit https://anth.la.psu.edu/people/ghp3 and http://bio.psu.edu/directory/ghp3 for more information.

Location: Harry J. & Elissa M. Sichi Early Career Professor in Anthropology Associate Professor of Anthropology and Biology 513 Carpenter Building University Park, PA 16802
Telephone number: (814)863-7654
Email: ghp3 (at) psu (dot) edu
Personal Website: www.anthgenomicslab.com

Prof. Ackermann is Director of the Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI), and Professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is Principal Investigator of the “New mammal models for hybridization in human evolution” project funded by the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (South Africa) and co-PI of the “Morphological consequences of hybridization in primate and human evolution” project, funded by the National Science Foundation (USA). During her time at the DFG Center, Prof. Ackermann worked with Prof. Katerina Harvati on a joint paper reviewing the current evidence for hybridization among hominins and analyzing morphometric data in order to explore the effects of hybridization on the skeleton.

Email: becky.ackermann@uct.ac.za
Personal Website: rrackermann.com


Emmy Noether Junior Research Group

Office: Rümelinstr. 23, Room 4.24 Tübingen Baden-Württemberg Germany
Email address: matthias.urban@uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone Number: +49-7071-29-74391

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Office: Rümelinstr. 23, room 425
Email address: matthias.pache@uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone Number: +49 7071 2976509

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Office: Rümelinstr. 23, room 425
Email address: nicholas.emlen@uni-tuebingen.de
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Office: Rümelinstr. 23, room 425
Email address: hermann.sonntag@uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone Number: +49 7071 2976509

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