HERC in the NEWS

•  February 2020


Prof. Hlusko speaks at Oklahoma State University's First Friday seminar about genetics, paleontology, Vitamin D, and the Last Glacial Maximum.

•  January 2020


HERC alumnus Asst. Prof. Tesla Monson of Western Washington University is featured in an article highlighting her participation in the Bearded Lady Project.


•  December 2019


Prof. Hlusko speaks on her wide-ranging research on the effects of EDAR V370A gene at UC Davis. While there, Prof. Hlusko, Dr. Josh Carlson, and graduate student Cat Taylor meet with Prof. Tim Weaver and Dr. Laura Buck to discuss the ongoing Morphological consequences of hybridization in primate and human evolution: a macaque model project.

•  October 2019


Prof. Hlusko speaks at Leakey Foundation’s premiere of sculptor Elisabeth Daynes’ newest exhibition, Find Yourself at Gallery 836M in San Francisco.

•  September 2019

Dr. Laura Sánchez, HERC Isaac Postdoctoral Scholar, arrives in Berkeley.

Dr. Tesla Monson begins her new position as Assistant Professor at Western Washington University. Check out her website!

•  August 2019

HERC co-sponsors film premiere and exhibit at the Lawrence Hall of Science; Prof. Hlusko leads panel discussion:




Former Berkeley Ph.D. student Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie announces new fossil from Ethiopia in Nature; Prof. White's comments here:







Prof. Hlusko chosen as Adobe Teaching Fellow to develop a visual media project for her award-winning Human Biological Variation course.

•  July 2019

Prof. Tim White delivers Inaugural CENIEH-Cajaviva Distinguished Lecture in Burgos, Spain, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Centro:



•  May 2019


Maddie Zuercher awarded IB’s Departmental Citation, the department's highest undergraduate honor:

Prof. Hlusko speaks on Race, Genes & Evolution in Paul Sussman’s Wrong Kind of Pessimism, The Marsh, San Francisco.


•  April 2019

Cat Taylor receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Marianne Brasil wins AAPA Earnest Hooton Prize for her presentation.

Two new chapters on the Herto Middle Awash discoveries appear in a new book, Modern Human Origins and Dispersal.

Prof. White and Dr. Josh Carlson join colleagues from Turkey, Switzerland, Ethiopia, and Japan in Turkey to advance development, educational, and scientific research efforts there, centered on Late Miocene paleontological discoveries.

•  August 2018

HERC Postdoc and former graduate student Dr. Tesla Monson’s machine learning approach to the evolution of the hominoid dentition published.


•  July 2018

Dr. Tesla Monson’s investigation of human variation in height to armspan is published.


•  May 2018

A team lead by Prof. Hlusko publishes evidence of a previously unrecognized episode of human adaptation:



•  April 2018

HERC undergraduate research assistants win Best Poster in Ecology and Evolution.