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Christopher Campisano

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Associate Professor and Research Associate, Institute of Human Origins
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
IHO Research Associate and Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
IHO Research Associate and Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Biography

Assistant Professor - School of Human Evolution and Social ChangeArizona State University

Research Scientist - Institute of Human Origins

Social Sciences Bldg 220A 
480-965-6600

Education

Ph.D. Anthropology: Rutgers University, 2007
Certificate in Quaternary Studies
Dissertation: Tephrostratigraphy and Hominin Paleoenvironments of the Hadar Formation, Afar Depression, Ethiopia.

M.A. Rutgers University, 2004
B.A. Cornell University, 1998

Research

Dr. Campisano's broad research interests revolve around the chronology and environmental context of hominid evolution. Specifically, he is interested in characterizing ancient landscapes and their change across space and through time at varying degrees of resolution by integrating paleontological assemblages and depositional environments. This information provides a temporal-spatial environmental framework within which to test theories of hominid and faunal evolution. His research provides original insights into, and bridges important gaps between, the geologic and fossil hominid record. He has a strong commitment to active research and has participated in more than a dozen field projects at fossil localities in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, the U.S., and India. Dr. Campisano's research on the reconstruction of terrestrial paleoenvironments tends to be more problem-oriented than discipline-bounded and requires a broad-based approach in which he employs his background and skills in sedimentology, stratigraphy, geochronology, paleoclimatology and paleontology.

Education

PhD, Anthropology, Rutgers University

Videos
"A Human Climate", HSPDP outreach video
Research Interests

Paleoenvironmental reconstructions of terrestrial depositional systems 
Hominoid and hominid evolution 
Tephrostratigraphy and geochronology 
Paleoecology of Plio-Pleistocene Old World mammals 
Volcanic hazards in modern and paleo-landscapes

Research Group

1) Geological research and paleoenvironmental analysis of the Plio-Pleistocene Hadar and Busidima Formations, Afar, Ethiopia (Hadar Research Project, Ledi-Geraru Research Project, Dikika Research Project).

2) Continental drilling of paleolake basins in Ethiopia and Kenya for environmental records relevant to hominin evolution (Northern Afar, W. Turkana, Lake Magadi, Baringo, Chew Bahir).
HSPDP

3) Construction of a geospatial database of the Hadar region (Ethiopia) to integrate disparate paleoanthropological and geological datasets for research, education, and conservation.
Hadar Geoinformatics Project

4) Refined geology and geochronology of the Eocene paleoprimate sites in Trans-Pecos, Texas.
Eocene of Texas

Publications

Paige, J., Michelaki, K., Campisano, C.J., Barton, M., Heimsath, A. Are the intensities and durations of small-scale pottery firings sufficient to completely dehyroxylate clays? Testing a key assumption underlying ceramic rehydoxylation dating. Journal of Archaeological Science 79, 44-52.

Gilbert, C.C., Patel, B.A., Campisano, C.J., Fleagle, J.G., Rust, K.L., Patnaik, R. New sivaladapid primate from Lower Siwalik deposits surrounding Ramnagar, Jammu and Kashmir State, India. Journal of Human Evolution 102, 21-41.

Mohan, J., Stone, J.R., & Campisano, C.J. Three novel species of Bacillariophyceae (Diatoms) belonging to Aulacoseira and Lindavia from the Pliocene Hadar Formation, Afar Depression of Ethiopia. Phytotaxa 272, 235-247.

Wynn, J.G., Reed, K.E., Sponheimer, M., Kimbel, W.H., Alemseged, Z., Bedaso, Z., Wilson, J.N. & Campisano, C.J. Paleodietary flexibility in the face of paleoecological change: Evidence from Hadar, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution 99, 93-106

Rowan, J., Locke, E.M., Robinson, J.R., Campisano, C.J., Wynn, J.G. & Reed, K.E. (2016). Fossil Giraffidae (Mammalia, Artiodactyla) from Lee Adoyta, Ledi-Geraru and late Pliocene dietary evolution in giraffids from the lower Awash Valley, Ethiopia. Journal of Mammalian Evolution

Cohen, A.S., Campisano, C.J. + 59 others (2016). The Hominin Sites and Paleolakes Drilling Project: Inferring the environmental context of human evolution from eastern African rift lake deposits. Scientific Drilling 21, 1-16.

DiMaggio, E.N., Campisano, C.J., Rowan, J., Dupont-Nivet, G., Deino, A.L., Bibi, F., Lewis, M., Souron, A., Werdelin, L., Reed, K.E. & Arrowsmith, J.R. Late Pliocene fossiliferous sedimentary record and the environmental context of early Homo from Afar, Ethiopia. Science 347, 1355-1359

Villmoare, B., Kimbel, W.H., Seyoum, C., Campisano, C.J., DiMaggio, E.N., Rowan, J., Braun, D.R., Arrowsmith, J.R. & Reed, K.E. Early Homo at 2.8 Ma from Ledi-Geraru, Afar, Ethiopia. Science 347, 1352-1355.

Campisano, C.J., Kirk, E.C., Townsend, K.E.B., and Deino, A.L. (2014). Geochronological and taxonomic revisions of the Middle Eocene Whistler Squat Quarry (Devil's Graveyard Formation, Texas) and implications for the Early Uintan in Trans-Pecos Texas. PLOS One.

Drapeau, M.S.M., Bobe, R., Wynn, J.G., Campisano, C.J., Dumouchel, L., and Geraads, D. (2014). The Omo Mursi Formation: A window into the East African Pliocene. Journal of Human Evolution 75, 64-79.

Campisano, C.J. (2012). Geological summary of the Busidima Formation (Plio-Pleistocene) at the Hadar Paleoanthropological Site, Afar Depression, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution 62, 338-352.

Campisano, C.J. and Feibel, C.S. (2008). Tephrostratigraphy of the Hadar and Busidima Formation at Hadar, Afar Depression, Ethiopia. In: The Geological Context of Human Evolution in the Horn of Africa (J. Quade and J.G. Wynn, Eds.). Geological Society of America Special Paper 446, pp. 135-162.

Campisano, C.J. and Feibel, C.S. (2008). Depositional environments and stratigraphic summary of the Hadar Formation at Hadar, Afar Depression, Ethiopia. In: The Geological Context of Human Evolution in the Horn of Africa (J. Quade and J.G. Wynn, Eds.). Geological Society of America Special Paper 446, pp. 179-201.

DiMaggio, E.N., Campisano, C.J., Arrowsmith, J.R., Reed, K.E., Swisher, C.C. III, and Lockwood, C.A. (2008). Correlation and stratigraphy of the BKT-2 volcanic complex in west-central Afar, Ethiopia. In: The Geological Context of Human Evolution in the Horn of Africa (J. Quade and J.G Wynn, Eds.). Geological Society of America Special Paper 446, pp. 163-177.

Roman, D., Campisano, C.J., Quade, J., DiMaggio, E.N., Arrowsmith, J.R., and Feibel, C.S. (2008). Composite Tephrostratigraphy of the Dikika, Gona, Hadar, and Ledi-Geraru project areas, northern Awash, Ethiopia. In: The Geological Context of Human Evolution in the Horn of Africa (J. Quade and J.G Wynn, Eds.). Geological Society of America Special Paper 446, pp. 119-134.

Dupont-Nivet, G., Sier, M., Campisano, C.J., Arrowsmith, J.R., DiMaggio, E.N., Reed, K.E., Lockwood, C.A., Franke, C., and Hüsing, S. (2008). Magnetostratigraphy of the eastern Hadar Basin (Ledi-Geraru research area, Ethiopia) and implications for hominin paleoenvironments. In: The Geological Context of Human Evolution in the Horn of Africa (J. Quade and J.G Wynn, Eds.). Geological Society of America Special Paper 446, pp. 67-85.

Campisano, C.J. and Feibel, C.S. (2007). Connecting local environmental sequences to global climate patterns: Evidence from the hominin-bearing Hadar Formation, Ethiopia. Journal of Human Evolution 53, 515-527.

Research Activity
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 104Bones, Stones/Human Evolution
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 300Anthropological Sciences Sem
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 104Bones, Stones/Human Evolution
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 484Internship
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 104Bones, Stones/Human Evolution
ASM 350Geoarchaeology
ASM 484Internship
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 484Internship
ASM 492Honors Directed Study
ASM 493Honors Thesis
ASM 499Individualized Instruction
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 592Research
ASM 790Reading and Conference
ASM 792Research
ASM 799Dissertation
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
Summer 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 792Research
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 583Fieldwork
ASM 590Reading and Conference
ASM 790Reading and Conference
Fall 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
ASM 350Geoarchaeology
ASM 591Seminar