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Riashna Sithaldeen

University of Michigan African Presidential Scholar, 2012-13

  • About

    Riashna Sithaldeen is a Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She received her Ph.D. in Archaeology in 2011. Her research interests include mammal phylogeography, baboon population histories, phylogenetics, palaeoenvironments, and climatically-driven habitat change. Riashna will spend four months in Michigan preparing manuscripts based on her Ph.D. research which investigated the role of climate and landscape change in shaping diversity in southern African chacma baboon. She will also use this time to develop a research program that will begin in 2013. Finally, she will work on a review paper on modelling mammal response to climate and landscape change using phylogenetic and phylogeographic techniques. Riashna is working with Lacey Knowles, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.