Prof Lahr

Marta Mirazón Lahr is Professor of Human Evolutionary Biology and Prehistory at the University of Cambridge. Her work tackles questions in human evolution from theoretical (the role of geography and spatio-temporal patterning on generating diversity and initiating speciation) and empirical perspectives (building specific models for the evolution of human diversity in time and space, or timing of extinction of hominin species). Her work also involves the development of quantitative approaches to evolutionary questions, particularly involving 3D methods of data capture and analysis. Her current projects focus on the evolution of our species and contemporary hominins in Africa during the last ~1 million years, and she directs palaeontological and archaeological excavations/surveys in the Turkana Basin of Kenya. The project examines the evolution of hominins along other mammals, exploring shifts in ecological community diversity through time and space. For most of her career, she has studied aspects of the evolution of modern humans and their diversity, working on different lines of evidence (fossils, genetics, archaeology), and carrying out fieldwork in Kenya, the Libyan Sahara, Oman, India, Brasil, and the Solomon Islands. Besides her personal research, Prof. Mirazón Lahr has a long-standing interest in museums and their research collections. She has recently stepped down from the position of Director of the Duckworth Collections and Laboratory at the University of Cambridge, which she held for 21 years, and is currently collaborating with colleagues at the National Museums of Kenya on projects on strategies for the future of their fabulous collections.

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