The Center for Advanced Studies aims at brining together fellows with external and local members of the Center. Local members are located at the University of Tübingen, whos research is associated to the center. External members are either former longterm fellows or local members, who are still associated with the center and its activities.

Junior Research Group

Dr. Alexandros Karakostis

Dr. Alexandros Karakostis is the leader of the DFG Center’s Junior Research Group “Co-evolution of tool-use and language”. He is a Paleoanthropologist specialized in biomechanics, the evolution of the hominin hand, as well as forensic anthropology. His interdisciplinary research activities have led to the development of experimentally validated methods for reconstructing habitual behavior in the past.

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Fotios_Karakostis

Selective Publications

  1. Karakostis, F. A., Hauefle D., Anastopoulou, I., Moraitis, K., Hotz, G., Tourloukis, V., Harvati, K. Biomechanics of the thumb and the evolution of human dexterity. Current Biology DOI :https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2020.12.041

  2. Karakostis, F.A., Hotz, G., Tourloukis, V., Harvati, K. (2018). Evidence of precision grasping in Neandertal daily activities. Science Advances, 4, eaat2369.

  3. Harvati, K., Röding, C., Bosman A., Karakostis F. A., Grün R., Stringer, C. et al. (2019). Apidima Cave fossils provide earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Eurasia. Nature, 571, 500-504.

  4. Karakostis, F.A., Jeffery, N. Harvati, K. (2019). Experimental proof that multivariate patterns among muscle attachments (entheses) can reflect repetitive muscle use. Scientific Reports, 9, 16577.

  5. Karakostis, F.A. Wallace, I., Konow, I., Harvati, K. (2019). Experimental evidence that physical activity affects the multivariate associations among muscle attachments (entheses). Journal of Experimental Biology, 222, 213058.

  6. Karakostis, F.A., Hotz, G., Scherf, H., Wahl, J., Harvati, K. (2017). Occupational manual activity is reflected on the patterns among hand entheses. American journal of Physical Anthropology, 164, 30–40.

  7. Karakostis, F. A., Lorenzo, C. (2016). Morphometric patterns among the 3D surface areas of human hand entheses. American journal of Physical Anthropology, 160, 694-707.

Emmy Noether Junior Research Group

Dr. Matthias Urban

Matthias Urban received undergraduate and graduate training in linguistics at the University of Cologne and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. His postdoctoral work focused on the historical linguistics of the Central Andes and sought to investigate the use of different types linguistic information –the areal distribution of linguistic features, place and personal names, substrate effects, other contact phenomena including lexical and grammatical borrowing, and the spread of language families–as windows to the prehistory of this culture area. He continues to pursue this approach, which also emphasizes the need to interpret the linguistic record against an interdisciplinary background, further as principal investigator of the Junior Research Group “The languages of the Central Andes”, funded by the German Research Foundation’s Emmy Noether Programme.

Position: Principal Investigator
Office: Rümelinstr. 23, Room 4.24 Tübingen Baden-Württemberg Germany
Email address: matthias.urban@uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone Number: +49-7071-29-74391

Dr. Matthias Pache

Matthias Pache holds a doctorate degree in linguistics from Leiden University. Beyond the languages of the Andes, he is particularly interested in languages of the Chibchan family (Central America and northern South America) and in internal and comparative reconstruction. Since 2004, Matthias Pache has undertaken several fieldwork trips to South America. He has published several linguistic papers dealing with Native American languages of the Andes (e.g., Quechuan, Aymaran, Mapudungun, Lengua X) and of the Isthmo-Colombian Area and northern South America (e.g., Chibchan, Pumé, Chocoan).

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Office: Rümelinstr. 23, room 425
Email address: matthias.pache@uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone Number: +49 7071 2976509

Dr. Nicholas Q. Emlen

Nicholas Q. Emlen is a linguistic anthropologist who has conducted extensive ethnographic research on multilingualism, migration, and coffee production on the Andean-Amazonian agricultural frontier of Southern Peru. He also works on the reconstruction of Quechua-Aymara language contact in the ancient Central Andes. In another project, he uses 17th century texts to study multilingualism among Quechua, Aymara, Puquina, and Spanish in the colonial Andes, and he is currently involved in creating digital interfaces for those texts. Dr. Emlen is a member of the Leiden Puquina Working Group. He is a postdoctoral researcher in the Research Group "The Language Dynamics of the Ancient Central Andes.”

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
Office: Rümelinstr. 23, room 425
Email address: nicholas.emlen@uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone Number: +49 7071 2976509

Hermann Sonntag

Hermann Sonntag started out as a philosopher studying Philosophy and Social Sciences at the University of Leipzig. Via his preoccupation with logic, semantics and language philosophy and his fateful encounter with Finnish, he chose linguistics as the major of his master studies. In his master’s thesis The Typology of Conditional Constructions: The Past-as-Irrealis Hypothesis in a Cross-linguistic Perspective he examined cross-linguistic similarities on the clause- and sentence-level. Now, as a member of Matthias Urban‘s junior research group The Language Dynamics of the Ancient Central Andes, his current dissertation project Lexical Evidence for the Pre-Columbian Trade and Exchange in Western South America tries to shed light on the linguistic and cultural situation in the Ancient Central Andes and beyond by looking into the relevant languages’ lexica for suspicious loan words. Furthermore, Hermann is interested in cross-linguistic grammaticalization paths and cyclic processes in language change, as well as in language complexity and the harnessing of resource-based approaches accounting for language structures and change.

Position: Doctoral Student
Office: Rümelinstr. 23, room 425
Email address: hermann.sonntag@uni-tuebingen.de
Telephone Number: +49 7071 2976509

External Members

Dr. Andrea Benazzo

Dr. Andrea Benazzo is a research technician at the University of Ferrara, Italy. His main research interest is in the use of genomic data to reconstruct the evolutionary history of organisms, focusing on past demography and adaptation to extreme environmental conditions. Dr. Benazzo is also interested in developing bioinformatic tools for analysis of genomic data. During his time at the Center, he processed human next generation sequencing data with updated pipelines in order to make them suitable to different kind of population genetics analysis. In particular, he applied recently developed computational methods to infer population structure, admixture, and migrations, as well as investigate how these processes acted together to shape the observed pattern of genetic variation at a whole genomic scale.

Email: andrea.benazzo@unife.it
ResearchGate Profilehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Andrea_Benazzo

Prof. Dr. Jennifer Culbertson

Dr. Ewa Dutkiewicz

Dr. Ewa Dutkiewicz, a graduate of the University of Tübingen, was a short-time fellow for a 6-month period in 2018. Dr. Dutkiewicz completed her doctoral dissertation on “Markings, Patterns, and Symbols of the Swabian Aurignacian,” funded by the Ice Age Association of the Lone Valley (Förderverein Eiszeitkunst in Lonetal e.V.). From 2011-2018, Dr. Dutkiewicz served as curator in the Archäopark Vogelherd in Niederstotzingen. She has extensive archaeological experience ranging from work at the local Middle-Upper Paleolithic site of Vogelherd to the Holocene site of Hopewell in Ohio(USA). During her time at the Center, Dr. Dutkiewicz will start up the SignBase project with Dr. Christian Bentz, which will curate the wealth of understudied abstract motifs and mobile art of the European Upper Paleolithic, focusing on the Swabian Jura. The project aims to compile data that can be used to study the geographic and chronological patterning of abstract signs, comparing their information encoding potential with Holocene records of early writtenlanguages. Since June 2019 she is a research assistant at the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin - Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz. She is the curator of the Stone Age department, responsible for the collections ranging from the Middle Paleolithic to the Chalcolithic period.

ResearchGate Profilehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ewa_Dutkiewicz

Dr. Phillip Endicott

Dr. Phillip Endicott is researcher at the Natural History Museum of France in Paris and was a visiting fellow at the DFG Center for the Spring of 2017. His wide educational background in Anthropology and Archaeology and his focus on Island Southeast Asia and Oceania gives a good fit with research interests at the DFG Center. Since writing a thesis on the symbolism of canoes and Polynesian voyaging during his MA in the Anthropology of Art, Dr. Endicott has maintained a strong interest in the Austronesian speaking world and is currently engaged in projects looking at Taiwan, the Philippines, eastern Polynesia and sea nomads of Myanmar. During his stay in Tübingen, Phillip worked with Gerhard Jäger, Hugo Reyes-Centeno, and Christian Bentz on comparison of genetic, linguistic, and morphological measures of diversity in the peoples of Oceania and Island Southeast Asia.

Dr. Silvia Ghirotto

Dr. Silvia Ghirotto is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ferrara, Italy. Her main research interests are understanding the demographic processes underlying human expansion out of Africa and the genealogical relationships between human populations along their evolutionary history. In order to reconstruct the human past, Dr. Ghirotto employs population genetic approaches, including Approximate Bayesian Computation methods and other model-based techniques, for both contemporary and ancient samples. During her time at the Center, she studied worldwide human genomic data in order to shed light on migration patterns and mechanisms of adaptation that modern populations experienced after their expansion out of Africa.

Email: silvia.ghirotto@unife.it
ResearchGate Profilehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Silvia_Ghirotto

Prof. Dr. Fiona Jordan

Prof. Dr. Johannes Krause

Prof. Dr. Gluseppe Longobardi

Prof. Dr. Marta Mirazón Lahr

Prof. em. Johanna Nichols

Johanna Nichols is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests Slavic languages, the linguistic prehistory of northern Eurasia, language typology, ancient linguistic prehistory, and languages of the Caucasus. As a DFG Center fellow, Prof. Nichols worked on language geographical peripheries and hotspots, as well as on language attractors, head marking, and the evolution of simplicity.

Visit http://slavic.berkeley.edu/people/johanna-nichols/ for her latest CV and publications.

Email: johanna@berkeley.edu
ResearchGate Profilehttps://berkeley.academia.edu/JohannaNichols/

Dr. George Perry

Dr. George (PJ) Perry was a long-term fellow at the DFG Center from June 2018 to July 2019. He and his research group at Pennsylvania State University (from where George is visiting us while on sabbatical) study human evolution, evolutionary ecology, and evolutionary medicine with approaches from anthropology, evolutionary biology, parasitology, and population, comparative, functional, and paleo (ancient DNA) genomics. During his fellowship, George collaborated with other members of the DFG Center on evolutionary genomic studies of human and archaic hominin body size variation. At Penn State, George is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Biology and the Harry J. and Elissa M. Sichi Early Career Professor of Anthropology.

Visit https://anth.la.psu.edu/people/ghp3 and http://bio.psu.edu/directory/ghp3 for more information.

Location: Harry J. & Elissa M. Sichi Early Career Professor in Anthropology Associate Professor of Anthropology and Biology 513 Carpenter Building University Park, PA 16802
Telephone number: (814)863-7654
Email: ghp3 (at) psu (dot) edu
Personal Websitewww.anthgenomicslab.com

Dr. Hugo Reyes-Centeno

Hugo Reyes-Centeno oversees the scientific projects conducted at the center. His research focuses on modern human origins and biocultural diversity. His doctoral dissertation tested models of the modern human out-of-Africa process, applying quantitative genetic and population genetic methods to anatomical and genomic data. His current and ongoing projects deal with the anatomical diversity of Middle-Late Pleistocene humans, with a geographical focus on East Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition, he conducts research on the association between anatomical, genetic, and linguistic diversity in recent human populations. More broadly, his scientific interests are in primate biological and cultural evolution, evolutionary theory, and the history and philosophy of science. Hugo Reyes-Centeno has participated in paleontological and archaeological field work in France, Italy, and Spain. He completed his undergraduate degree in the department of anthropological sciences at Stanford University, his masters degree in the department of biology and evolution at the University of Ferrara, and his doctoral degree in the institute of archaeological sciences at the University of Tübingen. He is an alumnus of the Erasmus Mundus and EVEREST graduate programs.

Email: hugo.reyes-centeno(at)ifu.uni-tuebingen.de
ResearchGate Profilehttps://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hugo_Reyes-Centeno

Prof. Rebecca Rogers Ackermann

Prof. Ackermann is Director of the Human Evolution Research Institute (HERI), and Professor in the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town, South Africa. She is Principal Investigator of the “New mammal models for hybridization in human evolution” project funded by the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences (South Africa) and co-PI of the “Morphological consequences of hybridization in primate and human evolution” project, funded by the National Science Foundation (USA). During her time at the DFG Center, Prof. Ackermann worked with Prof. Katerina Harvati on a joint paper reviewing the current evidence for hybridization among hominins and analyzing morphometric data in order to explore the effects of hybridization on the skeleton.

Email: becky.ackermann@uct.ac.za
Personal Websiterrackermann.com

Local Members

Prof. Dr. Harald Baayen

Prof. Dr. Martin Bartelheim

Prof. Dr. Tilman Berger

Prof. Dr. Hervé Bocherens

Dr. Nicholas Conard

Dr. Sireen El Zaatari

PD Dr. Miriam Haidle

Prof. Dr. Erhard Hinrichs

Prof. Dr. Chris Miller

Prof. Dr. Richard Posamentir

Dr. Cosimo Posth

Dr. Claudio Tennie

Prof. Dr. Andrea Weber

Student Assistants

Saetbyul Lee