Dr. Erin Wessling
Dr. Wessling completed her dissertation on environmental constraints in savanna chimpanzees living at the edge of their biogeographical range within the IMPRS of Human Origins via the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and Leipzig University in 2018. Her main research interests orbit around questions related to ecology, behavior, biogeography, and evolution. She studies these processes focusing on Pan species and is particularly interested in how Pan evolutionary patterns can inform us on similar processes during human evolution. Dr. Wessling joined the Surbeck Lab in June of 2019. Dr. Wessling’s research focuses on the ecological and other drivers of the bonobo “syndrome” and the extension of this work to questions surrounding Pan speciation.