CMNH_Schroeder (002)

Lauren Schroeder, Ph.D. (University of Cape Town, South Africa, 2015)

Assistant Professor, Mississauga Campus(905) 569-4251

Office: HSC 364 (Main)

Research keywords: Biological Anthropology; palaeoanthropology; hominin variability; evolutionary theory; quantitative genetics

Research Bio

Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Lauren Schroeder is a palaeoanthropologist who joined UTM in 2017 after completing a postdoctoral appointment in evolutionary morphology at the University at Buffalo. Dr. Schroeder’s research is broadly focused on understanding the evolution of cranial and mandibular diversity within hominins. This research agenda combines a variety of quantitative methods, including statistical analyses of 3D forms, with the analytical approaches of quantitative genetics to address questions about the evolutionary processes underlying morphological variation, more specifically to what extent adaptive versus non-adaptive processes contributed to our evolution.

Dr. Schroeder has previously been involved in both the Malapa (Australopithecus sediba) and Rising Star (Homo naledi) projects as part of the research team studying the recent fossil hominin discoveries from these sites.

Current research includes collaborative projects focused on the evolution, integration and variability of the primate skeleton (University at Buffalo), and identifying the skeletal signatures of hybridization in mammalian taxa for detecting instances of gene flow in the fossil record (University of Cape Town).

Recent publications

2017 Schroeder, L., Ackermann, R. R. Evolutionary processes shaping evolution across the Homo lineage. Journal of Human Evolution 111: 1-17.

2017 Schroeder, L., Scott, J. E., Garvin, H. M., Laird, M. F., Dembo, M., Radovčić, D., de Ruiter, D. J., Berger, L. R., Ackermann, R. R. Skull diversity in the Homo lineage and the relative position of Homo naledi. Journal of Human Evolution 104: 124-135.

2017 Laird, M. F., Schroeder, L., Dembo, M., Scott, J. E., Radovčić, D., Garvin, H. M., Musiba, C. M., Ackermann, R. R., Schmid, P., Hawks, J., Berger, L. R., de Ruiter, D. J. The skull of Homo naledi. Journal of Human Evolution 104: 100-123.

2016 Dembo, M., Radovčić, D., Garvin, H. M., Laird, M. F., Schroeder, L., Scott, J. E., Brophy, J., Ackermann, R. R., Musiba, C. M., de Ruiter, D. J., Mooers, A. Ø., Collard, M. The evolutionary relationships and age of Homo naledi: An assessment using dated Bayesian phylogenetic methods. Journal of Human Evolution 97: 17-26.

2016 von Cramon-Taubadel, N., Schroeder, L. Testing the equivalence of modern human cranial covariance structure: Implications for bioarchaeological applications. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 161: 355-366.

2015 Berger, L. R., Hawks, J., de Ruiter, D. J., Churchill, S. E., Schmid, P., Delezene, L. K., Kivell, T. L., Garvin, H. M., Williams, S. A., DeSilva, J. M., Skinner, M. M., Musiba, C. M., Cameron, N., Holliday, T. W., Harcourt-Smith, W., Ackermann, R. R., Bastir, M., Bogin, B., Bolter, D., Brophy, J., Cofran, Z. D., Congdon, K. A., Deane, A. S., Dembo, M., Drapeau, M., Elliott, M. C., Feuerriegel, E. M., Garcia-Martinez, D., Green, D. J., Gurtov, A., Irish, J. D., Kruger, A., Laird, M. F., Marchi, D., Meyer, M. R., Nalla, S., Negash, E. W., Orr, C. M., Radovčić, D., Schroeder, L., Scott, J. E., Throckmorton, Z., Tocheri, M. W., VanSickle, C., Walker, C. S., Wei, P., Zipfel, B. Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi chamber, South Africa. eLife 4: e09560.

2014 Schroeder, L., Roseman, C. C., Cheverud, J. M., Ackermann, R. R. Characterizing the evolutionary path(s) to early Homo. PLOS ONE 9(12), e114307.

2014 Ackermann, R. R., Schroeder, L., Rogers, J., Cheverud, J. M. Further evidence for phenotypic signatures of hybridization in descendent baboon populations. Journal of Human Evolution 76: 54-62.

2013 de Ruiter, D. J., DeWitt, T. J., Carlson, K. B., Brophy, J. K., Schroeder, L., Ackermann, R. R., Churchill, S. E., Berger, L. R. Mandibular remains support taxonomic validity of Australopithecus sediba. Science 340(6129), 1232997.