A Search for Human Origins at Lake Turkana in Northern Kenya
Third-generation Kenyan paleoanthropologist Louise Leakey represents the future of the Leakey family’s legacy in the field of human origins research through her ongoing work in the Turkana Basin region of northern Kenya. Like her parents, Richard and Meave Leakey, and her grandparents, the pre-eminent Louis and Mary Leakey, Louise focuses her study on the evolution of early human ancestors.
A Ph.D. graduate of London University, she is a research assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Stony Brook University, the Director of Public Education and Outreach at the Turkana Basin Institute, and a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence. In addition to her long-term field research projects in Kenya’s Turkana Basin, Louise Leakey is helping to develop the Turkana Basin Institute, a major multi-disciplinary scientific research center best known for its human origins research.