Our Team


I owe the exceptional learning experiences to the instructors and field guides who taught the course. They genuinely cared about the work that they were doing and were passionate about transferring their knowledge onto others.” – Elizabeth H., 2011

“The expertise of field instructors and guides provided an extraordinary experience which took me to the tops of mountains down to the cradle of humankind. Whatever your passion–research, conservation, bush skills, photography, or exploration–you will find it in this course, along with much more!” – Claire D., 2009

Brandi Wren, PhD


Brandi is a biological anthropologist who has been teaching field courses in primatology in South Africa since 2007. She has taught at Purdue University and Ball State University. Her recent research examines sociality, specifically grooming, in wild vervet monkeys in South Africa, and links between social behavior and health. Her work has been funded by Wenner-Gren Foundation and the Leakey Foundation, as well as Purdue University and Ball State University. Her research has been published in academic journals including Folia PrimatologicaComparative Parasitology, and African Primates. She currently lives in Indiana, where she spends her free time hiking with her dogs, reading, and traveling. Find Brandi on Twitter at @SassAndScience.


Ian Ray, MA, MEd


Ian earned his BA in Biology from Ball State University in 2010 and began working on his Masters degree in Anthropology two days later. His thesis research examined species density of a tiny, nocturnal primate, the southern lesser bushbaby (Galago moholi), in South Africa, and has been published in the journal African Primates. In 2014 he completed that degree as well as a Master of Education through Regis University. He has taught high school chemistry, physics, earth science, biology, and physical science as well as college biology and physics and university anthropology. He is currently working on his Doctorate in Education at University of Denver and teaches college biological anthropology courses.



K. Lindsay Hunter, BA, MA

Rising Star Expedition, Photo of K. Lindsay Hunter by Elen Feurriegel

Photo used with permission of Elen Feurriegel

Lindsay is a biological anthropologist whose interests range from paleoanthropology to anthropology. She received her Masters degree from the University of Iowa, where she conducted research on eco-geographic patterning of the rib cage in later human evolution. As a PhD candidate there, she studied fossil and bone collections across five continents with major grant support from the National Science Foundation and the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. In 2013, Lindsay was one of six Advance Speleological Archaeologists (nicknamed “Underground Astronauts”) chosen to excavate early fossil hominins in the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa, as a member of the National Geographic Rising Star Expedition (http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/blog/rising-star-expedition/). She is currently completing her Phd at University of Witwatersrand. Lindsay lives with her husband and their menagerie in Johannesburg, South Africa, where they are both active cavers and members of the Speleological Exploration Club. You can connect with Lindsay via Twitter (@Paleo_Bonegirl) or LinkedIn.