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Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution

Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution

This research institute was established to help find answers to some of the biggest questions in human evolution: What drove the evolution of our species? Why did some species in the human family tree (hominins) become extinct while others did not?

We’re approaching these questions from the perspective of climate change and the landscape process, examining how these factors have driven human evolution. A key aim of this research institute is to bring the science alive, which is why we’re collaborating with computer animators to capture scientific and non-scientific audiences. 

There is a strong focus on interdisciplinary research, with our activities bringing together paleoanthropology, ecology, remote sensing of modern analogues, and earth and computer science. Professor Matthew Bennett, who has over 20 years of experience working in quaternary sedimentology and geomorphology, heads up this research institute. 

You can read more about the key research themes, current activities and other staff involved in the institute’s research projects on our dedicated Institute for Studies in Landscape and Human Evolution research page.