View Research Directory
Bones of Ol Pejeta: Neotaphonomic and Ecological Survey (BONES)
Co-directors: Dr. Fire Kovarovic (Durham University) and Dr. Briana Pobiner (Smithsonian Institution)
In association with Ol Pejeta Conservancy (OPC), Kenya, this project constitutes a longitudinal study of the taphonomic and ecomorphic characterizations of bone communities in the conservancy’s mosaic of several well-defined habitat types. We are tracing changes in mammal habitat affiliations and predator-prey pressure across time and space - information that will be used to interpret past ecologies and mammal community dynamics in the Plio-Pleistocene fossil record. The project began in 2007, building on pilot study data collected in 2003 and 2005.
Collaborators include Professor Peter Andrews (Natural History Museum, London – vegetation and habitat associations), Nathan Gichohi (OPC – ecological monitoring, kill site identification), Dr. Geff Wahungu (Moi University, Kenya – ecological monitoring, vegetation mapping) and Dr. Nick Walton (Legendware, York – GIS, data storage).
This project received grant support from the Smithsonian Endowment Fund.
To see what the BONES team gets up to, have a look here: