Zeresenay (Zeray) Alemseged

  • Irvine Chair and Senior Curator
  • Anthropology
  • PhD

My research program focuses on the discovery and interpretation of hominid fossil remains and their environments with emphasis on fieldwork designed to acquire new data on early hominid skeletal biology, environmental context, and behavior. Specifically, I am currently working in the following areas:

 

  • Description of new hominin and non-human primates
  • Growth and development in early hominins
  • Application of new techniques, such as CT analysis to investigate internal and external structures of hominin fossils
  • Analysis of environmental and ecological factors affecting primate and human evolutionary processes 

 

In order to support this with new data, I initiated the Dikika Research Project (DRP) in 1999, which is undertaking multidisciplinary field research on sediments that span in age from over 3.8 Ma to less 500,000, and is addressing some of the major questions in paleoanthropology. The Pliocene site of Dikika promises to increase our knowledge of the diversity of hominins prior to the time period represented by the oldest sediments at Hadar and other east African sites, and subsequent to the radiation of hominin species after the split from the great apes. The sediments from Asbole, on the other hand, represent a time period poorly known in the region: the Middle Pleistocene. Thus the area has potential to increase our understanding of the patterns of transition from H. erectus (H. heidelbergensis) to H. sapiens.

 

Dr. Zeresenay “Zeray” Alemseged

The California Academy of Sciences

55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118
Ph. 415-379-5384       Fx. 415-379-5760 (Direct)      Fx. 415-379-5739 (Dept.)
zeray@calacademy.org    http://www.calacademy.org

 

 

Academic Appointments

 

Current:         Irvine Chair and Senior Curator of Anthropology

                      Department of Vertebrate Zoology and Anthropology

                      Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability

                      The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

 

As curator, my work is focused on research, public education, exhibition development, and training the next generation of scientists. Most recently I helped develop and implement “Human Odyssey”, an exhibit which traces the evolutionary milestones in our family and species.

                       

                        Adjunct Professor, UC Davis

                        Research Professor, San Francisco State University

 

Previous:

2004 - 2008     Senior Scientist, Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for

                      Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

2000 - 2003     Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Human Origins, School of Human Evolution

                      and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA

1998 - 2000     Research Associate, French Center for Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

1991 - 1993     Junior Geologist, Paleoanthropology Laboratory, National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis

                      Ababa, Ethiopia

 

 

Educational Background

 

1998    Ph.D., Laboratory of Paleontology, University of Paris VI and the National Museum of Natural

           History, Paris, France

1994    M.Sc., Paleontology, Institute of Evolutionary Sciences, University of Montpellier II, France

1993    French Language Diploma, Cavilam de Vichy International Language School, Vichy, France

1990    B.Sc., Geology, Department of Geology, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

 

 

Honors and Awards

 

2014                Named an Expert by the National Geographic Society

2013                Named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advacement of Science

2011                Named a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences

2004                Identified as Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society

1993-1998        Full scholarship, Centre National des Oeuvres Universitaires, Paris, France

 

 

Previous Academic Affiliations

 

2011                Lectured, Advanced Human Evolution, Department of Earth Sciences

                         Addis Ababa University

2007                Lectured, Advanced Human Evolution, Department of Earth Sciences

                         Addis Ababa University

2005 – 2008     Coordinator and Lecturer, Paleoanthropology, International Max Planck Research School,

                         University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

 

Professional Service

 

Current:          Co-Founder (with Dr. Emma Mbua), East African Association of Paleontology and

                         Paleoanthropology (EAAPP)

                       Panel Reviewer, Wenner-Gren Foundation

                       Referee for National Science Foundation, L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, Annales

                         d’Ethiopie, Nature

 

Previous:

2004 – 2008    Associate Editor, Journal of Human Evolution

 

 

Exhibit Development

 

2013                Human Odyssey, The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

 

 

Memberships

 

                       East African Association for Paleontology and Paleoanthropology

                         (Vice President and Co-Founder)

                       Paleoanthropology Society

                       American Association of Physical Anthropologists

                       American Association for the Advancement of Science

 

 

Research Grants

 

2013                “Integrating multidisciplinary tools to study Plio-Pleistocene paleoecology of
                        early hominins from the Omo Valley, Ethiopia.” National Science Foundation

2013                “The Hominid Sites And Paleolakes Drilling Project: Acquiring a High                               Resolution Paleoenvironmental Context of Human Evolution.” National                                  Science Foundation

2011                “East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Palaeontology Third                         Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.” Wenner-Gren Foundation

2011                “East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Palaeontology Third                         Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.” Paleontological Scientific Trust                              (PAST)

2011                “Laboratory research on DIK-1-1 Skeleton.” The Leakey Foundation 

2011                “A biogeochemical study of the diet of Australopithecus afarensis.” National                    Science Foundation

2010                “Integrative paleobiological and paleoenvironmental studies of early hominins                    at Dikika, Ethiopia.” National Science Foundation

2010                “Synchrotron imaging and analysis of Australopithecus fossils.” European                         Synchrotron Radiation Facility

2009                “Paleontological field research at Dikika, Ethiopia.” National Science                                Foundation

2009                “East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Palaeontology Second Conference, Arusha, Tanzania.” Wenner-Gren Foundation

2009                “East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Palaeontology Second Conference, Arusha, Tanzania.” Paleontological Scientific Trust (PAST)

2004 – 2008    “Paleoanthropological Field and Laboratory Research in Africa.” Max Planck Society

2003                “Laboratory analysis of hominin remains from Dikika, Ethiopia.” National Geographic Society

2002                “Fieldwork at the Dikika site of Ethiopia.” National Geographic Society

2001                “Exploring Plio-Pleistocene sites in the Afar Ethiopia.” The Leakey Foundation

2001                “Laboratory preparation and analysis of hominin remains from the Dikika site of Ethiopia.” National Geographic Society

2000                “Fieldwork at the Dikika and Asbole sites of Ethiopia.” Institute of Human Origins

2000 – 2001    “Fieldwork at the Dikika and Asbole sites of Ethiopia.” CFEE

1999                “Updating the status of paleoanthropological archives in Ethiopia.” CFEE

1998                “Description and analysis of a hominin cranium from Omo, Ethiopia.” Collège de France

 


Field Research 

 

Current:            Founder and Director, Dikika Research Project (DRP), Afar, Ethiopia

                                    Annual field research program in the Pliocene paleoanthropological site      of Dikika and the Pleistocene archaeological and paleontological site of        Asbole

Founder and Director, Mille-Logya Research Project, Afar, Ethiopia

                                    Annual field research program in the Pliocene paleoanthropological site      of Mille-Logya

Previous:

1996 – 1997       Co-Director, Chorora Paleontological Mission, Ethiopia

1994, 1999         Member, The Site of Hadar Project, Afar, Ethiopia

                                    A multidisciplinary project led by D.C. Johanson and W.H. Kimbel

1999                   Member, The Site of Fejej Project, south-western Ethiopia

                                    A multidisciplinary project led by H. de Lumley

1999                   Member, Archaeological sites of Melka Kunture and Tiya, Ethiopia

                                    A multidisciplinary project led by Yonas Beyene

 


Ongoing Laboratory Research

 

  • Description and analysis of new hominid fossils from Dikika, Afar, Ethiopia
  • Description and analysis of new primate fossils from Asbole, Afar, Ethiopia
  • CT scan image analysis of DIK-1-1 and other hominin fossils
  • Qualitative, quantitative, and comparative approaches to the relationship between human evolution and the environment

 

 

Research Visits


Continuing:    National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia    

 

Previous:

2013                Senckenberg Institute, Frankfurt, Germany

2012                Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

2011                National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

2009                Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Department of Physical                           Anthropology, Cleveland, USA

2008                American Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleontology, New                      York, USA

2008                Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

2003                University College, Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology,                         London, UK

2002                Powell Cotton Museum, Birchington, UK

2002                National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

2002                Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

2000                Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA

2000                American Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleontology, New                      York, USA

1999                Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

 


Advising and Committee Membership

Postgraduate:

2014 – current            Postdoctoral Supervisor, Thierra Nalley, The California Academy of Sciences

Graduate:

2013 – current             M.Sc. Supervisor, Woldeyared Hailu, Addis Ababa University

2010 – current Ph. D. Co-Advisor, Peter Stamos, UC Davis

2010 – 2012                M.Sc. Thesis Supervisor, Enquye Wondimu, Addis Ababa University

2007 – 2009                M.Sc. Thesis Supervisor, Chalachew Mesfin, Addis Ababa University

2005 – 2009                Ph.D. Committee Member and Examiner, Soizic Le Fur, Université de                              Poitiers, France

2006 – 2010                Ph.D. Committee Member, Zelalem K. Bedaso, University of South                                  Florida

Undergraduate:

2011                Advisor, Kate Corbin, SSI Program Intern, California Academy of Sciences

2010                Advisor, Natalie Porter, SSI Program Intern, California Academy of Sciences

2002 - 2003     Honors Thesis Committee Member, Catherine Haradon, Arizona State University

 

 

Publications


2013                Alemseged, Z. Early hominins: synthesis. In: Renfrew, C., Bahn, P.G. (Eds.),                    The Cambridge World Prehistory. Cambridge University Press.

2013                Sponheimer, M., Alemseged, Z., Cerline, T.E., Grine, F.E., Kimbel, W.H.,                         Leakey, M.G., Lee-Thorp, J.A., Manthi, F.K., Reed, K.E., Wood, B.A., Wynn,                   J.G. Reply to Fontes-Villalba et al.: On a reluctance to conjecture about animal                      food consumption. PNAS 110(43):E4056.

2013                Wynn, J.G., Sponheimer, M., Kimbel, W.H., Alemseged, Z., Reed, K.,                               Bedaso, Z.K., Wilson, J.N. Diet of Australopithecus afarensis from the                                 Pliocene Hadar Formation, Ethiopia. PNAS 110(26):10495-10500. 

2013                Sponheimer, M., Alemseged, Z., Cerling, T.E., Grine, F.G., Kimbel, W.H.,                         Leakey, M.G., Lee-Thorp, J., Manthi, F.K., Reed, K. Wood, B., Wynn, J.G.                        Isotopic evidence of early hominin diets. PNAS 110(26):10513-10518.

2013                Alemseged, Z. Australopithecus in Ethiopia. In: Reed, K., Fleagle, J.G., and                      R.E. Leakey (Eds.), The Paleobiology of Australopithecus. Springer,                               Dordrecht, pp. 63-71.

2013                Smith, T., Alemseged, Z. Reconstructing hominid life history. Nature Ed.                         Knowl. 4(4):2.

2013                Bedaso, Z., Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. Dietary and                                       paleoenvironmental reconstruction using stable isotope analysis of herbivore                       tooth enamel from the Pliocene locality of Dikika, Ethiopia: implication for                   Australopithecus afarensis habitat and food resource. J. Hum. Evol. 64:21-38.

2012                Bostelmann, J.E., Bobe, R., Carrasco, G., Alloway, B.V., Santi-Malnis, P.,                         Mancuso, A., Aguero, B., Alemseged, Z., Godoy, Y. The Alto Rio Cisnes                  fossil fauna (Rio Frias Formation, Early Middle Miocene, Friasian Salma): a               keystone and paradigmatic vertebrate assemblage of the South American fossil                       record. In: Leppe, M., Aravena, J.C., Villa-Martinez, R. (Eds.), Abriendo               Ventana al Pasado Libro de Resumenes III Simposio-Paleontologia en Chile.                     INACH, pp. 42-45.

2012                Green, D.J., Alemseged, Z. Australopithecus afarensis scapular ontogeny,              function, and the role of climbing in human evolution. Science 338:514-517.

2012                Alemseged, Z., Kiura, P.W., Mbua, E., Njau, J., Pobiner, B. A platform for                        East African Paleoanthropology: third bi-annual conference of the EAAPP.                   Evol. Anthropol. 21:89-91.

2011                McPherron, S.P., Alemseged, Z., Marean, C.W., Wynn, J.G., Reed, D.,                              Geraads, D., Bobe, R., Béarat, H.A. Tool-marked bones from before the                                Oldowan change the paradigm. PNAS 108:E116.

2011                Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Enhydriodon dikikae sp. nov.                   (Carnivora: Mammalia), a gigantic otter from the Pliocene of Dikika, Lower                  Awash, Ethiopia. J. Vert. Paleontol. 31:447-453.

2010                McPherron, S.P., Alemseged, Z., Marean, C.W., Wynn, J.G., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Bobe, R., Béarat, H. Evidence for stone tool-assisted consumption of animal tissues prior to 3.39 million years ago at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 466:857-860.

 

2010                Bedaso, Z., Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D.                                                Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Asbole fauna (Busidima Formation,                    Afar, Ethiopia) using stable isotopes. Geobios 43:165-177.

2010                Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Nyctereutes lockwoodi, n. sp.,                  a new canid (Carnivora: Mammalia) from the Middle Pliocene of Dikika,              Lower Awash, Ethiopia. J. Vert. Paleontol. 30:981-987.

2009                Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. Diet in early hominin species: a paleoenvironmental                     perspective. In: Hublin, J.J., Richards, M.P. (Eds.), The Evolution of Hominid               Diets: Integrating Approaches to the Study of Palaeolithic Subsistence.                              Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 179-186.

2009                Njau, J., Mbua, E., Alemseged, Z., Pobiner, B. Second conference of the East                   African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology: Fifty years after                    discovery of Zinjanthropus. Evol. Anthropol. 18:235-236.

2008                Wynn, J. G., Roman, D.C., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Munro, S.                    Stratigraphy, depositional environments and basin structure of the Hadar and                     Busidima Formations at Dikika, Ethiopia. In: Quade, J., Wynn, J.G. (Eds.), The                     Geology of Early Humans in the Horn of Africa: Geological Society of                                   America Special Paper 446, pp. 1-32.

2008                Mbua, E., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. A new association for East African                              paleoanthropology and paleontology. Evol. Anthropol. 17:123-124.

2007                Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D. Comparability of fossil data and its             significance for the interpretation of hominin environments: a case study in the lower Omo valley, Ethiopia. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of             the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 159-181.

2007                Behrensmeyer, A.K., Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z. Approaches to the analysis of                     faunal change during the East African Pliocene. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z.,                   Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African                            Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 1-                 24.

2007                Behrensmeyer, A.K., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. Finale and future: investigating                  faunal evidence for hominin paleoecology in East Africa. In: Bobe, R.,                              Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East                    African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht,                      pp. 333-345.

2007                Frost, S.R., Alemseged, Z. Middle Pleistocene fossil Cercopithecidae from                        Asbole, Afar Region, Ethiopia. J. Hum. Evol. 53:227-259.

2007                Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.). Hominin      Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal    Evidence. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series, Springer,   Dordrecht.

2006                Alemseged, Z., Spoor, F., Kimbel, W.H., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D.,                        Wynn, J.G. A juvenile early hominin skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature                 443:296-301.

2006                Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Roman, D.C.                       Geological and palaeontological context of a Pliocene juvenile hominin at                     Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 443:332-336.

 

2005                Alemseged, Z., Wynn, J.G., Kimbel, W.H., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Bobe, R.                      A new hominin from the Basal Member of the Hadar Formation, Dikika,                            Ethiopia and its geological context. J. Hum. Evol. 49:499-514.

2004                de Lumley, H., Bahain, J.-J. Beyene, Y., Marchal, F., Alemseged, Z. Les                formation Plio-Pleistocenes du bassin de l’Omo-Turkana. In: De Lumley, H.,                      Beyene, Y. (Eds.), Les Sites Prehistoriques de la Region de Fejej, Sud-Omo,                    Ethiopie, dans leurs Contexte Stratigraphique et Paleontologique. Éditions                   Recherche sur les Civilizations, Paris, pp. 81-107.

2004                Echassoux, A., Moulle, P.E., Desclaux, E., Alemseged, Z. Les faunes Plio-                        Pleistocene du site de Fejej FJ-1. In: De Lumley, H., Beyene, Y. (Eds.), Les                  Sites Prehistoriques de la Region de Fejej, Sud-Omo, Ethiopie, dans leurs                         Contexte Stratigraphique et Paleontologique. Éditions Recherche sur les                                Civilizations, Paris, pp. 203-340.

2004                Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., Wynn, J. The Pleistocene fauna (other                    than Primates) from Asbole, lower Awash Valley, Ethiopia, and its                                 environmental and biochronological implications. Geobios 37:697-718.

2003                Alemseged, Z. An integrated approach to taphonomy and faunal change in the                  Shungura Formation (Ethiopia) and its implication for hominid evolution. J.               Hum. Evol. 44:1-28.

2002                Alemseged, Z., Coppens, Y., Geraads, D. Hominid cranium from Omo:                             Description and taxonomy of Omo-323-1976-896. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol.                 117:103-112.

2002                Geraads D., Alemseged, Z., Bellon, H. The late Miocene Mammalian fauna of                   Chorora, Awash basin, Ethiopia: systematics, biochronology and 40K-40Ar              ages of associated volcanics. Tertiary Res. 21(1-4):113-122.

2000                Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. A new Middle Pleistocene Fauna from the                              Busidima-Telalak region of the Afar, Ethiopia. C. R. Acad. Sci., Paris                                   331:549-556.

2000                Alemseged, Z. Plio-Pleistocene Hominids and Their Environment in the Lower                  Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Annls. Ethiopie 20:1-5.

1999                Alemseged, Z. La basse valle de l’Omo (Ethiopie). In: Berillon, G., Bacon,                        A.M., Marchal, F., Deloison, Y. (Eds.), Les Australopitheques. Editions                            Artcom.

 

1998                Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. Theropithecus atlanticus (Thomas, 1884)                                 (Primates: Cercopithecidae) from the late Pliocene of Ahl al Oughlam,                                     Casablanca, Morocco. J. Hum. Evol. 34(6):609-621.

1996                Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D., Coppens, Y., Guillemot, C. Taphonomical and                       paleoenvironmental study of Omo-33, a late Pliocene hominid locality of the                      lower Omo basin, Ethiopia. Rev. Paléobiol. 15(2):339-347.

 

 

Scientific Podium Presentations


2013                Corbin, K., Alemseged, Z. “Is Paranthropus monophyletic? Incorporating             modular relationships in a cladistic analysis.” Annual Meeting of the            Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, San Francisco, CA (5            January)

2012                Bostelmann, J.E., Bobe, R., Carrasco, G., Alloway, B.V., Santi-Malnis, P.,                         Mancuso, A., Aguero, B., Alemseged, Z., Godoy, Y. “The Alto Rio Cisnes                fossil fauna (Rio Frias Formation, Early Middle Miocene, Friasian Salma): a               keystone and paradigmatic vertebrate assemblage of the South American fossil                       record.” Third Symposium of Paleontology, Chile. (October 2012)

2011                Bedaso, Z.K., Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z. “Pliocene paleoenvironments of the       Awash Valley, Ethiopia: the isotope record of tooth enamel and its relevance to      the Pliocene paleoclimate of northeastern Africa.” AGU, San Francisco, CA (5             December)

2011                Reed, D., McPherron, S., Barr, W.A., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D.,         Wynn, J. “GPS data collection methods for    paleoanthropology: examples from     the Dikika Research Project geodatabase.” Biodiversity Information       Standards – TDWG, New Orleans, Louisiana (16 October)

2011                Alemseged, Z., Bedaso, Z.K., Wynn, J. “Plio-Pleistocene paleoenvironments         and implications for hominin habitat and available resources.” Third Biennial           Meeting of the East African Association of Paleontologists and   Paleoanthropologists (EAAPP), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (10 August)

2011                Reed, D., McPherron, S., Barr, W.A., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D.,         Wynn, J.G. “A new GPS data collection methodology and data schema for             integrating multiple project databases: examples from the Dikika Research   Project geodatabase.” 80th Annual Meeting of the American Association of            Physical Anthropologists, Minneapolis, Minnesota (12 April)

2011                Skinner, M.M., Schroer, K.E., Gunz, P., Alemseged, Z., Wood, B.A., Hublin,        J.-J. “Mandibular P4 morphology among Plio-Pleistocene hominins: taxonomic           implications and morphological trends.” 80th Annual Meeting of the   American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Minneapolis, Minnesota             (13 April)

2011                Thompson, J.C., Lansing, S.W., Marean, C.W., McPherron, S., Alemseged, Z.       “Experimental definition of bone surface signatures from natural unmodified         stones and implications for early hominin subsistence.” 20th Annual Meeting    of the Paleoanthropology Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota (12 April)

2011                Green, D.J., Alemseged, Z. “The primitive shoulder blade of           Australopithecus.” 20th Annual Meeting of the Paleoanthropology Society,             Minneapolis, Minnesota (12 April)

2010                Alemseged, Z., Bedaso, Z.K., Wynn, J.G., “Pliocene paleoenvironments of the      Awash Valley, Ethiopia: the isotope record of tooth enamel and its relevance to      the Pliocene paleoclimate of northeastern Africa.” American Geophysical        Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California (13 December)

2009                Green, D., Alemseged, Z. “The ontogeny of extant hominid and                                         Australopithecus afarensis shoulder morphology.” Paleoanthropology                                Meetings, Chicago, Illinois (1 April)

2009                Alemseged, Z. “Morphology and metrics of Dik-1-1 milk teeth.”                                         Paleoanthropology Meetings, Chicago, Illinois (31 March)

2007                Alemseged, Z., Spoor, F., Kimbel, W.H., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D.,                        Wynn, J. “Paleoanthropological research at Dikika, Ethiopia and                                             comparative morphology of a juvenile hominin from DIK-1.” Annual                                 Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists,                                Paleoanthropology Meetings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (27 March)

2007                Reed, D.N., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., McPherron, S., Wynn, J.                     “Taphonomy and local paleoecology of the juvenile hominin from DIK-1,              Ethiopia.” Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical                          Anthropologists, Paleoanthropology Meetings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania                 (27 March)

2007                Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Roman, D.C.                       “Geological and tectonic framework for the 3.8-0.6 Ma Dikika Research                                    Project area, and its implications for the study of the paleoenvironments of                 human evolution in the Afar Depression, Ethiopia.” Annual Meeting of                              the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Paleoanthropology                   Meetings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (27 March)

2007                Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Alemseged, Z., Wynn, J. “Faunal context of                   the Pliocene Dikika locality, Hadar Formation, Ethiopia.” Annual Meeting of                         the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Paleoanthropology                   Meetings, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (27 March)

2007                Alemseged, Z., Frost, S. “New Cercopithecid fossils from Asbole, Ethiopia                       and their environmental and ecological significance.” Annual Meeting of                  the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Philadelphia,                                  Pennsylvania (30 March)

2005                Alemseged, Z., Wynn, J. “A new Australopithecus afarensis P3 from Dikika,                     Ethiopia.” 12th Congress of the Pan African Archaeological Association for                      Prehistory and Related Studies (PAA), Gaborone, Botswana, (3 – 10 July)

2005                Alemseged, Z. “Ethical issues in physical anthropology research in developing                   countries.” 2nd Conference on Science, Cultural Heritage, Natural                           Heritage and Tourism, Mekelle University, Ethiopia (23 – 25 June)

2004                Alemseged, Z. “Major issues in Pliocene hominin paleoecology.” Workshop                      on Faunal Evidence for Hominin Paleoecology in East Africa, National                   Museum of National History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC (21 –                     23 May)

2004                Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Roman, D.C. “On the relationship between                             paleoenvironment and human evolution at Dikika in the Afar, Ethiopia.”                            International Conference on the East African Rift System, Addis Ababa,                     Ethiopia (20 – 24 June)

2004                Bobe, R., Ferraro, J., Bishop, L., Plummer, T., Alemseged, Z. “Late Pliocene                     hominin paleoenvironments of the lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia: new data from                    bovid ecomorphic studies.” Paleoanthropology Meetings, Montreal, Canada                 (30 March)

2003                Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D. “Hominid environments and faunal                         change in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia: a comparison of the French and               American databases.” 72nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of                 Physical Anthropologists, Tempe, Arizona (24 April)

2003                Behrensmeyer, A.K., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. “Key issues in the analysis of                      faunal changes across the East African Pliocene.” 72nd Annual Meeting of the                 American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Tempe, Arizona (24                    April)

2003                Riel-Salvatore, J., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., Wynn, J. “Stone Age                           archaeological survey in the Busidima region, Ethiopia.” Paleoanthropology                     Meetings, Tempe, Arizona (23 April)

2002                Orr, C., Alemseged, Z. “Estimation of body mass and diet for fossil                                   cercopithecids from the Asbole area of the Afar, Ethiopia.” 71st Annual                             Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Buffalo,                    New York (12 April)

2002                Alemseged, Z. “Evidence for a major faunal turnover at around 2.3 Ma in the                    Shungura Formation, Ethiopia.” 71st Annual Meeting of the American                                  Association of Physical Anthropologists, Buffalo, New York (12 April)

2001                Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z. “Omo-323-1976-898: A robust australopithecine                     from Member G of the Shungura Formation, Ethiopia.” 70th Annual Meeting                 of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Kansas City,                    Kansas (29 March)

2001                Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. “A new Middle Pleistocene fauna from the                             Busidima-Telalak region of the Afar, Ethiopia.” 70th Annual Meeting of the              American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Kansas City, Kansas                      (30 March)

1998                Alemseged, Z. “On the habitat preference of Australopithecus boisei.” Dual                       Congress, Johannesburg, South Africa (28 June – 4 July)

1997                Alemseged, Z. “Mammals as indicators of paleoenvironment in the Shungura                     Formation.” Second European Workshop of Paleontology, Quillan, France                     (7 – 10 May)

1997                Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. “Mammalian fauna and some taphonomic aspects                   of the Shungura Formation, Ethiopia.” 45th Symposium of Vertebrate                            Paleontology, Derby, United Kingdom (8 – 12 December)

 

 

Invited Lectures

 

2013                School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University,           Tempe (7 December)

2013                Leakey Foundation Lecture Series, The California Academy of Sciences, San     Francisco (3 December)

2013                Gustav Heinrich Ralph von Koenigswald Lecture Series, Senckenberg      Gessallschaft fur Naturforschung, Germany (13 November)

2013                Rise of Humanity and Civilization Guest Lecture, Stanford University, Palo         Alto, CA (3 October)

2013                George Washington University (24 September)

2013                Cleveland Museum of Natural History (19 September)

2013                Pritzker Lecture Series, The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco        (13 February)

2012                Johanes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany (26 June)

2012                School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University,

Tempe (26 – 28 April)

2012                University of Chile, Santiago (14 December)

2011                Fellow’s Event Lecture Series, The California Academy of Sciences, San   Francisco (11 October)

2011                University of South Florida, Tampa (8 April)

2011                Keynote Speaker at ITB Berlin, Germany (9 March)

2011                Pritzker Lecture Series, The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

                        (8 March)

2011                National Museum of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa (5 October)

2010                Bio Forum Event on Human Evolution, The California Academy of Sciences,     San Francisco (6 November)

2010                Guest of Honor at the Agere Awards Ceremony, Atlanta, GA (17            October)

2010                The Leakey Foundation, San Francisco, CA (15 October)

2010                Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

2010                University of California, Berkeley (12 October)

2010                Mekelle University, Ethiopia (13 April)

2010                College de France, Paris (25 March)

2009                Major Issues in Modern Biology lecture series, University of California-Davis (12 May)

2009                Eastwood Associates’ Lecture Series, The California Academy of Sciences,           San Francisco (14 April)

2009                Pritzker Lecture Series, The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

                        (14 April)

2008                The American Museum of Natural History/The Leakey Foundation, New York, NY (1 May)

2008                The Field Museum of Natural History/The Leakey Foundation, Chicago,          IL (12 April)

2008                The Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm (5 March)

2007                TED Global, Arusha, Tanzania (4 June)

2007                The Smithsonian Institution/The Leakey Foundation, Washington, DC, (30 May)

2007                The Science Museum of the "la Caixa” Foundation, Barcelona, Spain (8            May)

2007                Dresdner Freundeskreis Athiopien e.V., Dresden, Germany (21 April) 

2007                School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe (5 April)

2007                Residence of the Ambassador, US Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (5 February)

2007                Goethe Institute and the German Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (24 January)

2007                Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia (9 January)

2003                Geology Department, Addis Ababa University

2001                Geology Department, University of Arizona

1999                Biology Department, Addis Ababa University

 


Organized Symposia 

 

2013                Organizer, East African Association for Paleoanthropology and                          Paleontology, 4th Biennial Conference, Mombasa, Kenya (28 July – 1 August)

2011                Lead Organizer, East African Association for Paleoanthropology and                            Paleontology, 3rd Biennial Conference, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (8 – 12 August)

2009                Z. Alemseged (panel speaker), “Africa: Past and Present”.  Third Annual Explorers Symposium, National Geographic, Washington, DC (11 June) 

2009                Z. Alemseged (Speaker), “Growth and development in the early hominin fossil record”.  Evolution: California Academy of Sciences and UCSF, San Francisco, CA, USA (17 April)

2009                Organizer, East African Association for Paleoanthropology and                          Paleontology, 2nd Biennial Conference, Arusha, Tanzania (6 – 12 August)

2007                Organizer, East African Association for Paleoanthropology and                          Paleontology, 1st Biennial Conference, Nairobi, Kenya (18 – 20 June)

2003                R. Bobe, Z. Alemseged and K. Behrensmeyer (Chairs and Organizers), Hominid Environments and Paleoecology in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence, Tempe, AZ, USA

 


Workshops


2013                Z. Alemseged, and Y. Haile-Selassie (Co-organizers), The Paleobiology,                Taxonomy, and Paleoecology of Early Australopithecus: A Collaborative                Approach to Synthesizing the Evidence, Cleveland, OH 

2011                Alemseged, Z. Research Workshop on Selam, National Museum of           Ethiopia, Addis Ababa

2004                Behrensmeyer, A.K., Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z. Workshop on Faunal Evidence     for Hominin Paleoecology in East Africa, National Museum of Natural   History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

 

 

Major Media Appearances


 


Selected Online Press


2013  Wynn, J.G., Sponheimer, M., Kimbel, W.H., Alemseged, Z., Reed, K., Bedaso, Z.K., Wilson, J.N. Diet of Australopithecus afarensis from the Pliocene Hadar Formation, Ethiopia. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110(26):10495-10500.

 

2013  Sponheimer, M., Alemseged, Z., Cerling, T.E., Grine, F.G., Kimbel, W.H., Leakey, M.G., Lee-Thorp, J., Manthi, F.K., Reed, K. Wood, B., Wynn, J.G. Isotopic evidence of early hominin diets. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 110(26):10513-10518.

 

2013  Alemseged, Z. Early hominins: synthesis. In: Renfrew, C., Bahn, P.G. (Eds.), The Cambridge World Prehistory. Cambridge University Press.

 

2013  Alemseged, Z. Australopithecus in Ethiopia. In: Reed, K., Fleagle, J.G., and R.E. Leakey (Eds.), The Paleobiology of Australopithecus. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 63-72.

 

2013  Smith, T., Alemseged, Z. Reconstructing hominid life history. Nature Ed. Knowl. 4(4):2.

 

2013  Bedaso, Z., Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. Dietary and paleoenvironmental reconstruction using stable isotopes of herbivore tooth enamel from middle Pliocene Dikika, Ethiopia: implication for Australopithecus afarensis habitat and food resources. J. Hum. Evol. 64:21-38.

 

2012  Green, D.J., Alemseged, Z. Australopithecus afarensis scapular ontogeny, function, and the role of climbing in human evolution. Science 338:514-517.

 

2012  Alemseged, Z., Kiura, P.W., Mbua, E., Njau, J., Pobiner, B. A platform for East African Paleoanthropology: Third bi-annual conference of the EAAPP. Evol. Anthropol. 21:89-91.

 

2011  McPherron, S.P., Alemseged, Z., Marean, C.W., Wynn, J.G., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Bobe, R., Béarat, H.A. Tool-marked bones from before the Oldowan change the paradigm. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 108:E116.

 

2011  Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Enhydriodon dikikae sp. nov. (Carnivora: Mammalia), a gigantic otter from the Pliocene of Dikika, Lower Awash, Ethiopia. J. Vert. Paleontol. 31:447-453.

 

2010  McPherron, S., Alemseged, Z., Marean, C., Wynn, J.G., Reed, D., Bobe, R., Béarat, H. Evidence for stone-tool-assisted consumption of animal tissues prior to 3.39 million years ago at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 466:857-860.

 

2010  Bedaso, Z., Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Asbole fauna (Busidima Formation, Afar, Ethiopia) using stable isotopes. Geobios 43:165-177.

 

2010  Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Reed, D. Nyctereutes lockwoodi, n. sp., a new canid (Carnivora: Mammalia) from the Middle Pliocene of Dikika, Lower Awash, Ethiopia. J. Vert. Paleontol. 30:981-987.

 

2009  Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. Diet in early hominin species: a paleoenvironmental perspective. In: Hublin, J.J., Richards, M.P. (Eds.), The Evolution of Hominid Diets: Integrating Approaches to the Study of Palaeolithic Subsistence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 179-186.

 

2009  Njau, J.,Mbua, E. Alemseged, Z., Pobiner, B. Second conference of the East African Association for Paleoanthropology and Paleontology: Fifty years after discovery of Zinjanthropus. Evol. Anthropol. 18:235-236.

 

2008  Wynn, J. G., Roman, D.C., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Munro, S. Stratigraphy, depositional environments and basin structure of the Hadar and Busidima Formations at Dikika, Ethiopia. In: Quade, J., Wynn, J.G. (Eds.), The Geology of Early Humans in the Horn of Africa: Geological Society of America Special Paper 446, pp. 1-32.

 

2008  Mbua, E., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. A new association for East African paleoanthropology and paleontology. Evol. Anthropol. 17:123-124.

 

2007  Behrensmeyer, K., Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z. Approaches to the analysis of faunal change during the East African Pliocene. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 1-24.

 

2007  Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D. Comparability of fossil data and its significance for the interpretation of hominin environments: a case study in the lower Omo valley, Ethiopia. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 159-181.

 

2007  Behrensmeyer, K., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R. Finale and future: investigating faunal evidence for hominin paleoecology in East Africa. In: Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.), Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 333-345.

 

2007  Bobe, R., Alemseged, Z., Behrensmeyer, A.K. (Eds.). Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene: An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series, Springer, Dordrecht.

 

2007  Frost, S.R., Alemseged, Z. Middle Pleistocene fossil Cercopithecidae from Asbole, Afar Region, Ethiopia. J. Hum. Evol. 53:227-259.

 

2006  Alemseged, Z., Spoor, F., Kimbel, W.H., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Wynn, J.G. A juvenile early hominin skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 443:296-301.

 

2006  Wynn, J.G., Alemseged, Z., Bobe, R., Geraads, D., Reed, D., Roman, D.C. Geological and palaeontological context of a Pliocene juvenile hominin at Dikika, Ethiopia. Nature 443:332-336.

 

2005  Alemseged, Z., Wynn, J.G., Kimbel, W.H., Reed, D., Geraads, D., Bobe, R. A new hominin from the Basal Member of the Hadar Formation, Dikika, Ethiopia and its geological context. J. Hum. Evol. 49:499-514.

 

2004  de Lumley, H., Bahain, J.-J. Beyene, Y., Marchal, F., Alemseged, Z. Les formation Plio-Pleistocenes du bassin de l’Omo-Turkana. In: De Lumley, H., Beyene, Y. (Eds.), Les Sites Prehistoriques de la Region de Fejej, Sud-Omo, Ethiopie, dans leurs Contexte Stratigraphique et Paleontologique. Éditions Recherche sur les Civilizations, Paris, pp. 81-107.

 

2004  Echassoux, A., Moulle, P.E., Desclaux, E., Alemseged, Z. Les faunes Plio-Pleistocene du site de Fejej FJ-1. In: De Lumley, H., Beyene, Y. (Eds.), Les Sites Prehistoriques de la Region de Fejej, Sud-Omo, Ethiopie, dans leurs Contexte Stratigraphique et Paleontologique. Éditions Recherche sur les Civilizations, Paris, pp. 203-340.

 

2004  Geraads, D., Alemseged, Z., Reed, D., Wynn, J. The Pleistocene fauna (other than Primates) from Asbole, lower Awash Valley, Ethiopia, and its environmental and biochronological implications. Geobios 37:697-718.

 

2003  Alemseged, Z. An integrated approach to taphonomy and faunal change in the Shungura Formation (Ethiopia) and its implication for hominid evolution. J. Hum. Evol. 44:1-28.

 

2002  Alemseged, Z., Coppens, Y., Geraads, D. Hominid cranium from Omo: Description and taxonomy of Omo-323-1976-896. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 117:103-112.

 

2002  Geraads D., Alemseged, Z., Bellon, H. The late Miocene Mammalian fauna of Chorora, Awash basin, Ethiopia: systematics, biochronology and 40K-40Ar ages of associated volcanics. Tertiary Res. 21(1-4):113-122.

 

2000  Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. A new Middle Pleistocene Fauna from the Busidima-Telalak region of the Afar, Ethiopia. C. R. Acad. Sci., Paris 331:549-556.

 

2000  Alemseged, Z. Plio-Pleistocene Hominids and Their Environment in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia. Annls. Ethiopie 20:1-5.

 

1999  Alemseged, Z. La basse valle de l’Omo (Ethiopie). In: Berillon, G., Bacon, A.M., Marchal, F., Deloison, Y. (Eds.), Les Australopitheques. Editions Artcom.

 

1998  Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D. Theropithecus atlanticus (Thomas, 1884) (Primates: Cercopithecidae) from the late Pliocene of Ahl al Oughlam, Casablanca, Morocco. J. Hum. Evol. 34(6):609-621.

 

1996  Alemseged, Z., Geraads, D., Coppens, Y., Guillemot, C. Taphonomical and paleoenvironmental study of Omo-33, a late Pliocene hominid locality of the lower Omo basin, Ethiopia. Rev. Paléobiol. 15(2):339-347.

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