Natalie O’Shea / Anthropology

Graduate Student Researcher
February 2018 – August 2019

Project: Modeling the Paleodistribution of Baboons and Vervets
NML Award: The Data Analysis and Visualization Award (May 2019)

Natalie O’Shea

Natalie is a PhD candidate in the physical anthropology program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) and a member of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP), a multi-institutional doctoral-training program in New York City.

Natalie’s dissertation research integrates several different data types and methodological approaches to explore geographic patterns of biological variation in baboons and vervets as a model for early modern human demography and biogeography. She will be working at the New Media Lab on the species distribution modeling component of her dissertation which she hopes will ultimately reveal regions in which populations of the earliest members of our species persisted through difficult climate conditions in Africa over the past 130 thousand years. The results of this work will provide an ecological model for early modern human demographic and biogeographic responses to past climate fluctuations.