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Meet the New Department Chair

Our new Department Head is Dr. Robert L. Anemone, a biological anthropologist and paleoanthropologist who comes to UNCG after 17 years at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.  Originally from New York City, Dr. Anemone was educated at Miami University and the University of Oregon, where he earned a BA in Anthropology.  Moving up the coast from Eugene to Seattle, he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Washington with a dissertation that explored the functional anatomy of the hind-limb among living prosimian primates, relating details of musculo-skeletal anatomy to the biomechanical demands of the different locomotor patterns practiced by these animals.  Early in his career he taught at Tulane University in New Orleans, and at the State University of New York at Geneseo. 

Dr. Anemone is a vertebrate paleontologist who has collected mammalian fossils from a variety of different places and time periods including the Cretaceous of Montana, Paleocene and Eocene of Wyoming, Oligocene of Oregon, Miocene of Kenya, and Pleistocene of South Africa. His long-term fieldwork has mostly taken place in the Great Divide Basin of southwestern Wyoming.  In this high (2000-3000m) montane basin, he has been exploring the earliest evolution of primates and many other mammals during a period of great global warming known as the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum at around 55 million years ago.  Recently he has been developing and testing new geospatial approaches and predictive models for locating fossils in Wyoming using satellite imagery. 

Dr. Anemone has published extensively in leading biological anthropology journals, including the Journal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, and Evolutionary Anthropology and he is the author of Race and Human Biological Diversity: A Biocultural Approach (Prentice Hall, 2010). 

He is married to Dr. Joyce Kubiski, a Renaissance Art Historian at Western Michigan University, with whom he has one biological child (Giancarlo, a college student studying computer science at Kalamazoo College), and three adopted children from Ethiopia (twins Wondimu and Helen, and Wondissen).   

Learn more about Dr. Anemone’s Research at his website.


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