Sep 2, 2014

National Science Foundation Awards Grant to KCUMB, Partners

How do food properties and feeding behaviors influence the evolution of eating habits in primates? Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, Barth Wright, Ph.D., and Kristin Wright, Ph.D., anatomy professors at KCUMB, will join other researchers in trying to answer that question by integrating observations of feeding behavior in the wild with laboratory experiments using advanced computer modeling and engineering methods.

The NSF grant will allow KCUMB faculty to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Chicago, State University of New York at Albany and Rutgers University to evaluate how dietary behavior, food resources and the biology of our human ancestors interrelate, affecting our understanding of human evolutionary history. It’s also another example of KCUMB’s collaborative approach to research.

Dr. Barth Wright received his master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kristin Wright received her Ph.D. in life sciences and evolutionary biology from Northwestern University.

NSF is an independent federal agency created in 1950 to promote science to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare. NSF receives approximately 40,000 proposals each year for research, education and training projects, of which 11,000 are funded.