PhD student awarded two major research grants

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Lucy Timbrell

PhD student Lucy Timbrell is awrded two major research grants to support her PhD research at the University of Liverpool - one of $12,646 from The Leakey Foundation and another of $19,995 from The Wenner Gren Foundation.

Lucy's PhD project is titled: “Movement, structure and interaction: modelling population networks and diversity in the Middle Stone Age”. The Leakey Foundation and Wenner Gren are supporting the data collection for her project, the results of which will produce a test of the novel ‘structured African metapopulations model’ for the evolution of our own species, Homo sapiens

Lucy's project will involve the development of a bespoke remote data collection model for 2D geometric morphometrics. Through this, she hopes to produce a standard for this type of research in the future which helps support local researchers and reduces the environmental impact of overseas collection-based research. The funding will help support with the implementation of this remote model, forming a substantial part of Lucy's PhD research.

Lucy said:

"I am so unbelievably overwhelmed to have received both of these grants! I couldn’t believe it when I heard that I had won just one of them, but then when I found out a few months later that I had been awarded both, it felt like a dream come true. Both The Leakey Foundation and The Wenner Gren are world-renowned in the fields of human evolution studies, anthropology and archaeology, so to have my research supported by them really is an incredible feeling.”

Read Lucy's interview with the Leakey Foundation