Principal Investigators

Christopher Walker

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Dr. Chris Walker is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received a BA in Biological Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, MPhil in Bioanthropological Sciences from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University.

Kara Walker

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Dr. Kara Walker is a Research Assistant Professor of Behavioral Ecology in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received a BS in Animal Behavior from Bucknell University and a PhD in Evolutionary Anthropology from Duke University.

Lab Staff

Indya Thompson

Indya is the Hominoid Evolution Research Group lab manager. She graduated from NC State with a BA in Anthropology in 2018. She is primarily interested in the evolution of bipedal locomotion. In the future she hopes to go to grad school and study hominin evolution.

Graduate Students

Becca Cook

Becca is a first year Ph.D. student in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and a research associate in the Hominoid Evolution Research Group at NC State. She received a BA in Anthropology from Centre College in 2015. Her research centers on the evolution of the hominin pelvis, particularly the functional significance of morphological changes relative to obstetric, thermoregulatory, and biomechanical demands.

Amanda Rossillo

Amanda is a second year PhD student in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University and a research associate in the Hominoid Evolution Research Group at NC State. She received a BA in Anthropology, with a concentration in Archaeology, from Barnard College of Columbia University in 2017. Her research focuses on the relationship between hominin morphological variability and climatic shifts during the Middle Pleistocene, with particular interest in the postcranial morphology of Homo heidelbergensis and H. naledi.

Undergraduate Students

Caroline Kornegay

Caroline is a junior at North Carolina State University majoring in Animal Science with a Veterinary Bio-science Concentration. Her focus lies in equine emergency and orthopedic surgery. She is currently a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate Anatomy and Physiology of Animals and enjoys exploring the differences of anatomy between different animals. Alongside shadowing vets, research and school she is an avid equestrian that competes frequently. Caroline plans to graduate in December 2019 and apply to NCSU vet school late summer.