Laura Lynn Shackelford

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Research Interests

Paleoanthropology, Southeast Asia, Late Pleistocene human evolution, postcranial biomechanics, functional anatomy; virtual reality and technology in education


Ph.D., Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, 2005
M.A., Anthropology, Washington University, St. Louis, 2001
B.S., Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, Duke University, 1998


2018-2020 National Geographic: Quest for human origins in mainland Southeast Asia: Tam Pa Ling cave, Laos
2017-2019 NSF #1736235: EXP: Social science education through virtual reality simulation of an archaeological research site
2016 Illinois Learning Sciences Design Initiative Phase II Grant
2016 Wenner-Gren (PI: Demeter, co-PI: Shackelford)
2012 Arnold O. Beckman Research Award, UIUC Research Board
2009 UIUC Research Board
2007 L.S.B. Leakey Foundation
2002 Sigma Xi Research Grant
2007 UIUC Research Board
2003-04 National Science Foundation BCS-0314002: Doctoral Dissertation Grant
2003 Lambda Alpha Research Grant
2015 Illinois Learning Sciences Design Initiative Seed Funding Program
2003 AMNH Collection Study Grant
2011 Hewlett Foundation International Research Grant


Office Address

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801

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Southeastern Asia Medicine & Life Sciences
Laos Medicine & Life Sciences
Pleistocene Earth & Environmental Sciences
South East Asia Agriculture & Biology
Thigh Medicine & Life Sciences
human evolution Earth & Environmental Sciences
Fossils Medicine & Life Sciences
fossil Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2002 2019

Relationships between motivational support and game features in a game-based virtual reality learning environment for teaching introductory archaeology

Shackelford, L., David Huang, W., Craig, A., Merrill, C. & Chen, D., Jul 3 2019, In : Educational Media International. 56, 3, p. 183-200 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

virtual reality
Virtual reality
learning environment

Additional evidence for early modern human morphological diversity in Southeast Asia at Tam Pa Ling, Laos

Shackelford, L., Demeter, F., Westaway, K., Duringer, P., Ponche, J. L., Sayavongkhamdy, T., Zhao, J. X., Barnes, L., Boyon, M., Sichanthongtip, P., Sénégas, F., Patole-Edoumba, E., Coppens, Y., Dumoncel, J. & Bacon, A. M., Feb 1 2018, In : Quaternary International. 466, p. 93-106 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

migration route

A Formative Evaluation on a Virtual Reality Game-Based Learning System for Teaching Introductory Archaeology

Shackelford, L., Huang, W. D., Craig, A., Merrill, C., Chen, D. & Arjona, J., Oct 15 2018, Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2018. Las Vegas: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), p. 605-611 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

virtual reality

Environmental conditions framing the first evidence of modern humans at Tam Pà Ling, Laos: A stable isotope record from terrestrial gastropod carbonates

Milano, S., Demeter, F., Hublin, J. J., Duringer, P., Patole-Edoumba, E., Ponche, J. L., Shackelford, L., Boesch, Q., Houng, N. T. M., Lan, L. T. P., Duangthongchit, S., Sayavonkhamdy, T., Sichanthongtip, P., Sihanam, D., Souksavatdy, V., Westaway, K. & Bacon, A. M., Dec 15 2018, In : Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 511, p. 352-363 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Last Glacial Maximum

Nam Lot (MIS 5) and Duoi U'Oi (MIS 4) Southeast Asian sites revisited: Zooarchaeological and isotopic evidences

Bacon, A. M., Bourgon, N., Dufour, E., Zanolli, C., Duringer, P., Ponche, J. L., Antoine, P. O., Shackelford, L., Huong, N. T. M., Sayavonkhamdy, T., Patole-Edoumba, E. & Demeter, F., Dec 26 2018, In : Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology. 512, p. 132-144 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

rain forests