Dr. Zeray Alemseged in the field
Research Associate & Fellow, Anthropology
Paleoanthropology/Human Evolution, Paleoclimate and Paleoecology, Paleolithic Archeology, Geological Processes and Human Evolution

My research interest revolves around the key issue of how we became human through evolutionary processes. My research program focuses on the discovery and interpretation of hominin fossils and their environments with emphasis on fieldwork designed to acquire new data on early hominid skeletal biology, environmental context, and behavior. I also employ recently developed imaging and visualization techniques to investigate internal and external fossil anatomies.

Associate Curator of Anthropology Dr. Todd Braje
Associate Curator, Irvine Chair of Anthropology

Dr. Todd Braje is an anthropological archaeologist, associate professor, and the Irvine Chair of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences. His research interests include the deep history of maritime migrations and adaptations, human-environmental ecodyamics, and historical ecological approaches to understanding hunter-gatherer-fishers.

Laura Eklund, Collection Manager, Anthropology
Collection Manager, Anthropology
Ethnographic and archaeological collections management
Curatorial Assistant, Anthropology
Dr. Adrian Van Allen, Research Associate
Research Associate, Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology, Material Culture of Museum Genomics, Museum Studies, Environmental Anthropology

My research as a cultural anthropologist examines the scientific cultures within museums. I study how museum collections are currently being re-evaluated as sites for mining new kinds of data across disciplines, such as genetic sampling or as preserved cultural heritage. My ethnographic research explores the behind-the-scenes spaces of museums, where I work alongside scientists in the collections, laboratories and biorepositories to study the cultural practices of collecting, preserving and understanding the diversity of life.