A huge welcome to Katherine Slenker, new PhD student!

Katherine just finished her master’s degree at Oklahoma State, and she will be joining SEPL to study adaptations to aridity in mammals. She plans to study how stable isotope geochemistry and morphology has shifted in the mammal communities at Natural Trap Cave. She also is interested in the implications of the presence of a carotid rete, a counter-current circulation structure in the brain of many mammals, as an indicator of aridity or other environmental conditions in East African communities.

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