Prof. Dr. Katerina Harvati-Papatheodorou
Function: Director Paleoanthropology
Senckenberg Center for Human Evolution and Paleoecology, Paläoanthropologie
Office: Room 209, Hauptgebäude, 1. UG.
Prof. Harvati is a paleoanthropologist specializing in Neanderthal evolution, modern human origins and the application of 3-D geometric morphometric methods to paleoanthropology.
Her broader research interests include primate and human evolution; evolutionary theory; evolution of primate and human life-history; the relationship of morphological variability to population history and the environment; and Paleolithic archaeology. She has conducted fieldwork in Europe and Africa, and recently directed paleoanthropological fieldwork in Greece and Tanzania.
Prof. Harvati has organized international symposia on Neanderthal evolution ("Neanderthals Revisited: New Approaches and Perspectives") and modern human origins ("Transition from archaic to modern: Quantitative approaches") (more about the conferences). Her edited volume of the articles presented at the "Neanderthals Revisited" conference was published by Springer Verlag in 2006.
Her research was named one of the top 10 scientific discoveries of the year 2007 by TIME magazine for demonstrating the African origin of all modern humans (link to the article). In 2010 she was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her contributions to Paleoanthropology (link to the site).
Her work has been published in Nature, Science, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Evolutionary Anthropology, Journal of Human Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology and other peer-reviewed international journals.
Prof. Harvati is also adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the City University of New York Graduate Center.