Jennifer Leichliter is a Ph.D. student studying paleoecology and hominin evolution during the Plio-Pleistocene in South Africa. During the Plio-Pleistocene several distinct lineages of hominins arose, coexisted, and went extinct. Jennifer is interested in:
Jennifer has spent three field seasons in South Africa conducting research with Dr. Matt Sponheimer in the Cradle of Humankind. This research focuses on paleoenvironmental reconstruction using small mammal fauna and stable isotope ecology from various important hominin-bearing localities.