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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


2020-2023 NSF #2021460: IUSE: Game-based learning in virtual reality to engage college students using wheelchairs: Test case for field training in archaeology. 

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


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

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