Research Expertise and Interest

primate evolution, paleontology, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, mammalian evolution, quantitative genetics, dental evolution, tooth development

Research Description

Leslea Hlusko is a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology.  She is interested in the genetic basis of mammalian skeletal variation and evolution with a focus on human evolution. The research in her lab combines information and approaches from paleontology, neontology, quantitative genetics, and developmental genetics in an effort to approach morphological evolution from a genotypic perspective. She currently on leave to serve as an investigator at the National Center for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH) in Burgos, Spain. 

In the News

Race, the power of an illusion

Scientists in the United States spent centuries attempting to find biological differences among racial groups to justify an imagined hierarchy, but it’s past time to dismantle the systems created on those unfounded principles, a panel of experts explained on Friday at a UC Berkeley online event.

Women don beards to highlight gender bias in science

When you picture a geologist or paleontologist tramping through steep, eroded badlands in search of rocks or bones, does that scientist have a beard? For many people, including women, the answer is yes, which spurred dozens of paleontologists around the world – all of them women – to glue on beards for photos now being exhibited at the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) at the University of California, Berkeley. The ironic message of the Bearded Lady Project is that, contrary to the persisting stereotype, you don’t have to be a man to love fieldwork and contribute to science; in fact: many field scientists are not.
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