AABA Outstanding Student Presentations

The AABA has long recognized the important contributions made to our discipline by students. Their work reflects the promise and future of our field. Conferring awards for outstanding presentations delivered at the annual meeting celebrates innovative and rigorous research by young scholars.


Allyson Simon, The Ohio State University. The effect of developmental stress on survival in the Hamann-Todd Collection

Lyndee Ward, The University of North Texas Health Science Center. Deconstructing human nasal adaptation: An iterative assessment of morphological influences on intranasal air conditioning in two and three dimensions

Chelsea Cataldo-Ramirez, UC Davis. The use and misuse of proxy phenotypes in genotype-phenotype research

Esteban Rangel, University of New Mexico. A comparison of stature estimation methods for contemporary American Indians


Briana New, University of Nevada, Reno. Considering the impact of somatic mutations on cranial structures

Jordie Hoffman, The University of Calgary. The ecological and social context of women’s hunting in small-scale societies

Audrey Arner, Vanderbilt University. Sex differences in immune function and disease risk are not easily explained by an evolutionary mismatch

Magdalena Palisson-Kramer, Universidad Católica de Chile. Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction of the Okote, KBS and Upper Burgi Members of Koobi Fora Formation Via Ecomorphology of Bovid Distal Metapodials


Isis Dwyer, University of Florida. Limitations of current data and methods for the forensic identification of Black undocumented immigrants.

Stephanie Fox, University of New Mexico. Social relationship quality predicts coalition formation among adult female chimpanzees at Kanyawara, Kibale National Park, Uganda.

Catherine Kitrinos, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Is there a core primate hair microbiome?

Natalie Swinford, University of California, Davis. Increased homozygosity due to endogamy results in fitness consequences in a human population.


Alex DeCasien, New York University and the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology. Patterns of sex-biased gene expression in rhesus macaque brains are similar to those observed in human brains.

Colton Unger, University of Calgary. Why the long face? A study of cranial shape change in mice artificially selected for longer limbs.

Aleksey Maro, University of California, Berkeley. Dietary ethanol in the main food (Ficus mucuso) of chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) in a tropical rain forest.

Jordan Anderson, Duke University. Early life adversity predicts DNA methylation levels in wild adult baboons.