My research activities centre on the evolution, growth and development of humans, their ancestors, and their closest relatives. Main focus is the quantitative analysis and comparison of hominoid skulls and teeth using geometric and biomechanical properties. Many of my projects deal with the beginning of modern humans and Neanderthals.
At the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology I lead the work group “Virtual Anthropology” (multidisciplinary extension of anthropology into the digital world). Current projects deal with the description and classification of middle to late Pleistocene hominin material, the reconstruction of fossils, the quantitative analysis of postcanine hominin teeth, the application of Virtual Anthropology to other areas such as archaeology and orthodontics. In addition, I am the head of the “Vienna Micro-CT Lab” at the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna. The lab runs an advanced micro-CT device that can handle objects up to the size of skulls and femurs and penetrate dense objects such as fossils.
Recently, my colleagues and I were successful in establishing a new research network at University of Vienna with the goal to study human biological and cultural evolution together in an interdisciplinary network (HEAS).
See a short movie introducing my work for the Great Science Award of Lower Austria 2022 (German) ©twoframe
|2022||Great Science Award from the government of Lower Austria|
|2021-present||Head of Research Network “Human Evolution & Archaeological Sciences HEAS”|
|2019-present||Full Professor, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Univ. Vienna|
|2019-present||Head of Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Univ. Vienna|
|2010-present||Head of the Core Facility “Vienna Micro-CT Lab” at Univ. Vienna|
|2001-present||Team leader of the workgroup “Virtual Anthropology” at Univ. Vienna|
Other Functions and Memberships
|2017_present||Board officer (treasurer) of the European Society for Studying Human Evolution (ESHE)|
|2013-2017||Board and founding member of the European Society for Studying Human Evolution (ESHE)|
|2010-2018||Board member of the “NESPOS Society” ( http://www.nespos.org )|
|2009-present||Chairman of the “EVAN-Society” ( http://www.evan-society.org )|
|2008-2012||Deputy Head of the Department of Anthropology, Univ. Vienna.|
|2006-2009||Initiator and Coordinator of the ‘European Virtual Anthropology Network – EVAN’ EU FP6 Marie Curie Actions|
|2005-2006||Deputy Head of the Department of Anthropology, University of Vienna|
|2002-present||Chief editor of the “digital@rchive of Fossil Hominoids” (Int.Reg.No. VLB 5162563)|
|1992-1999||Member of the Tyrolean Iceman Research Consortium|
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology: https://www.anthropology.at
Virtual Anthropology: http://www.virtual-anthropology.com
Vienna Micro-CT Lab: http://www.micro-ct.at