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Whitney Reiner
Hlusko Lab

Whitney Reiner


Phone: (510) 643-8851

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"My major interests are human osteology, paleoanthropology, forensic anthropology, functional skeletal morphology, and primate nutritional ecology.

"For my M.A. thesis I studied the diet and nutritional ecology of wild mountain gorillas living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, quantifying the fatty acids in their diet with the goal of adding to what we know about the nutrient intake of these apes, better inform conservation efforts, and compare the fatty acid intake to that of modern humans.

"Recently, I have worked on the Olduvai Vertebrate Paleontology Project (OVPP) and the Comprehensive Olduvai Database Initiative (CODI) in Tanzania. I spent the summer of 2012 in Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, where I worked to find, collect, and curate new fossils. Following my work in Olduvai Gorge, I went to the National History Museum of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam on behalf of the CODI. There, I worked with local Tanzanian university students and museum staff to curate fossils and enter them into the CODI database."