Nate Rabideaux has successfully defended his dissertation,

titled "Late Quaternary East African Environmental Change Based on Mineralogical and Geochemical Analysis of Outcrop and Core Material from the Southern Kenya Rift. Please join us in congratulating Nate on a terrific job well done!

New papers related to HSPDP research by our colleagues in Science.

Congratulations to our colleagues Rick Potts, Al Deino, Allison Brooks and coauthors for the series of new papers on chronology, nature and environmental context of Acheulian/MSA transition at Olorgesailie that have come out this week in Science!

Chew Bahir Mini-Workshop.

A Mini-workshop was held at the University of Potsdam Feb 28-March 1 to discuss publication plans for the coming year related to the findings of the Chew Bahir-HSPDP team. For further information on the outcomes of this meeting please contact Henry Lamb ( A link to the workhop report can be found in the Chew Bahir group forum.

New HSPDP Paper on Change Point Analysis of Chew Bahir Paleoclimate Records.

A paper titled “Abrupt or Gradual? Change Point Analysis of the Late Pleistocene-Holocene Climate Record from Chew Bahir, Southern Ethiopia” by Martin Trauth, Verena Foerster, Annett Junginger, Asfawossen Asrat, Henry Lamb and Frank Schaebitz has been accepted for publication by Quaternary Research. Congratulations Martin and coauthors!. This is publication #12 of HSPDP!

New HSPDP Paper on Leaf-Wax Biomarker Records from WTK Accepted in QSR .

A paper titled “A leaf wax biomarker record of early Pleistocene hydroclimate from West Turkana, Kenya” by Rachel Lupien, Jim Russell, Craig Feibel, Cat Beck, Isla Castaneda and Andy Cohen has been accepted for publication by Quaternary Science Reviews. Congratulations Rachel and coauthors! This is publication #11 of HSPDP.

Synthesis Papers on Luminescence Dating by HSPDP Colleagues Published in Elements. 

A series of papers outlining the current state of the art in luminescence dating methods has been published in the February 2018 issue of Elements. These papers include a paper on recent advances in luminescence dating of biogenic calcite by our HSPDP colleagues Geoff Duller and Helen Roberts, as well as a review of the implications of luminescence dating techniques for understanding human evolution, which will certainly be of interest to HSPDP team members.

HSPDP will be at EGU 2018 Meeting in Vienna, Austria!

See Upcoming Events page for HSPDP sessions of interest.

HSPDP is going to have a broadcast length film for public television documenting field, lab and science findings of HSPDP produced by Earth Images Foundation! Thanks to NSF who has awarded HSPDP with a supplement grant to our Frontiers in Earth Systems Dynamics core award.

New HSPDP Publication on diatoms from the Afar drilling area by Joseph Mohan, Jeffery Stone and Chris Campisano.

Mohan et al 2016 Phytotaxa.pdf

HSPDP logo downloadable here

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HSPDP/UA Geosciences Sponsored Short Course by Dr. Martin Trauth. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. October 7-10, 2016

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Andy Cohen, Henry Lamb, and Helen Roberts interview on BBC-Wales Radio about HSPDP (the July 12 recording of Science Café )

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Come hear about HSPDP’s research at the following venues

35th International Geological Congress (August 27- September 4, 2016; Cape Town, South Africa)







  • Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (September 25-28, 2016; Denver, CO. USA) See sessions T123: From Outcrop to Core: Integrating Paleoenvironmental and Paleoclimatic Records Across Time and Space (convened by our own Cat Beck, Emily Beverly, Nate Rabideaux, and Mona Stockhecke), and T194. The Context of Our Origins: Geological Studies of Old World Fossil Primate and Hominin Sites, convened by Chris Lepre












  • HSPDP/UA Geosciences Sponsored Short Course by Dr. Martin Trauth. University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ. October 7-10, 2016. Link for more information will be coming soon.












  • American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting (December 12-16, 2016; San Francisco, CA. USA) See session PP013. From mud and dust to curves and concepts: New findings on the environmental context of human evolution, convened by our own Verena Foerster and Annett Junginger












  • HSPDP Annual Meeting, Tempe, AZ. January 13-15, 2017. (contact Chris Campisano for more information)












  • Geological Society of Africa Meeting (March, 2017; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) Please contact our own Asfawossen Asrat, who will be convening a session on the African Rift and human evolution








    A Human Climate, a film about HSPDP’s research by the Earth Images Foundation

    Filmed in 3-D, it will be shown at museums in the US, Ethiopia, and Kenya. If you’re interested in a 3-D version for public viewing, contact us

    Earth Core: The Hominin Project, a film by Chew Bahir Artist-In-Residence Julian Ruddock

    earth core: the hominin project from julianruddock on Vimeo.

    Arizona Politics interviews Andrew Cohen discussing the Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project (Interview with Andrew starts at minute 14:44)


    is an international scientific collaboration whose goal is to collect sediment drill cores for paleoclimate and paleoenviromental analysis in proximity to some of the world's most important fossil hominin and artifact sites.


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