Chairperson, Dr Emma Mbua.
Dr Emma Mbua is a Senior Research Scientist and the Head of Earth Sciences at the National Museums of Kenya. She obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Hamburg in 2001 and her research interests revolve around Middle and Late Pleistocene hominin evolution with particular interests on hominin morphological change in the last 0.5 million years. She is further interested in Palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of fossil bearing sites.
Dr Mbua is a member of several associations and committees including the American Association of Physical Anthropology (AAPA), International Council of Museums (ICOM) and African Council of Museums (AFRICOM).
Name: Dr Emma Mbua
Position : Senior Research Scientist
Head of Earth Sciences (Palaeontology, Archeology , Geology & Palynology) at the National Museums of Kenya
- Evolutionary history of man in the last 4 million years, with main focus on anatomical changes within the crania.
- Origin of modern human morphology (anatomical modernization) in the last 0.7 million years.
Current region of research:
- Lake Turkana basin particularly the Ileret region (where I and researchers from the Rutgers University are excavating the first ever Homo erectus hand.
- North of Lake Natron (border of Kenya & Tanzania) where I have led a Palaeontological field excavation since 2004.
Palaeontological research and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction of of Allia Bay, Eastern L. Turkana
Awards: First Mary Leakey Award for the Research and Study of Human Origins, 1998.
- Chairperson, East African Association of Palaeontology & Palaeanthropology
- Member, American Association of Physical Anthropology
- Member, Prehistory Clubs of Kenya
- Member, Alumni Association of JSPS
Recent Achievements: Development, Coordination and Mounting of the Human Origin Gallery in the newly opened, Nairobi National Museum.
Others : First Kenyan, lady Palaeanthropologist.