Our Research Associates

Sepela Field Programs values the teaching and sharing of practical skills and knowledge. We also value the application of that knowledge to real-world problems, particularly those surrounding issues of conservation, community participation, and education. As such, we support researchers who strive to make long-lasting contributions to the communities where we work through Research Associate Internships. Research Associates help develop and conduct research projects alongside Sepela Instructors, with the potential to develop a field course based on their research experiences. Research Associates also help develop practical solutions to conservation-based problems, and share those solutions with the communities in which they work.

For more information on Research Associate positions email info@sepela.org.

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 Rising Star Expedition (http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/blog/rising-star-expedition/). The project, directed by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Lee Berger, received the South African National Research Foundation’s Science Team Award in 2014. Lindsay is passionate about applying a holistic, four-field anthropological approach to her work, and is excited to transition from studying the long dead to the vibrantly alive. Her primatological and ethnographic research with Sepela will focus on human-wildlife conflict in South Africa. 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. She volunteers her time writing and editing for the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (http://www.bonobo.org/) and ScienceOpen (https://www.scienceopen.com/). You can connect with Lindsay via Twitter (@Paleo_Bonegirl) or LinkedIn.


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