Emily Goble Early

Research Collaborator

Emily Goble

Emily Goble Early is a former Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2013) in the Smithsonian’s Human Origins Program.  She has BAs in anthropology and history from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, and a MA and PhD in Anthropology from Yale University.  Her research focuses on mammalian shifts in taxonomy and abundance that correspond with known global climate change in the Pliocene.  Although her main interests are in paleoecology and the Pliocene, she has also become extensively involved in largely taxonomic projects and continually expands her newfound interest in the Miocene.  She has done fieldwork in South Africa but her primary research has been in Kenya, particularly the Tugen Hills, but she is also involved in a project in Turkana.  Her research has been supported by the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Schwartz Foundation, the John F. Enders Fellowship, the MacMillan Center, the Williams Fund, the Brian Patterson Award from the Society for Vertebrate Paleontologists,  and the Bill Bishop Award from the Quaternary Research Association.  Her research and contributions to the Smithsonian were directed by Rick Potts and Matt Tocheri.  Emily is a long standing supporter of museum outreach, having been involved with the Arizona Museum of Natural History, the Arizona State University Anthropology Department Museum and the Deer Valley Rock Art Center in college and then with the Yale Peabody Museum as a graduate student.  She is excited to combine her love of research and dedication to the public’s knowledge of science while here at the Smithsonian.  Emily is currently an Associate Curator at Mesa Grande Cultural Park, Arizona Museum of Natural History.

Publications: 

Gilbert, C.C., Goble, E.D., Kingston, J.D., Hill, A. 2011. 2.63 Ma Partial Skeleton of Theropithecus brumpti (Primates, Cercopithecidae) from the Chemeron Formation of the Tugen Hills, Kenya Journal of Human Evolution 61: 347-362.

Gilbert, C.C., Goble, E.D., Hill A. 2010. Miocene Cercopithecoidea from the Tugen Hills, Kenya. Journal of Human Evolution. 59: 465-483.

Conference abstracts

Goble, E.D. 2011. Skeletal element and bovid abundance analyses in paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Chemeron Formation, Tugen Hills, Kenya. (Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Meetings, Las Vegas, NV, USA.)

Kingston, J.D., Hill, A., Goble, E.D., Deino, A., Wilson, K. 2010. Oscillating environments, orbitally-forced climate change and Pliocene mammalian evolution in the Baringo Basin, Kenyan Rift Valley. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30: 115A. (Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Meetings, Pittsburg, PA, USA.)

Goble, E.D., Gilbert, C.C.,Kingston, J.D., Hill, A. 2010. Partial skeleton of Theropithecus brumpti (Primates: Cercopithecidae) from the Chemeron Formation of the Tugen Hills, Kenya. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Supplement 50:111. (American Associatian of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM, USA.)

Goble, E.D. 2010. Does size matter? Paleoecological reconstruction of sites in the Chemeron Formation, Tugen Hills, Kenya. PaleoAnthropology 2010: A11. (The Paleoanthropology Society Meetings, St. Louis, MO, USA.)

Deino, A.L., Kingston, J.D., Hill, A., Wilson, K., Edgar, R., Goble, E.D. 2009. Climate proxy signals in the Plio-Pleistocene Chemeron and Miocene Lukeino Formations, Baringo Basin, Kenya. American Geophysical Union Meetings 90: 5. (American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA).

Goble, E.D., Gilbert, C.C., Hill, A. 2009. Miocene Primates from the Tugen Hills, Kenya. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29: 3. 106A .(Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Meetings, Bristol, England.)

Goble, E.D., Hill, A., Kingston, J.D. 2008. Digital elevation models as heuristic tools. PaleoAnthropology 2008: A9. (The Paleoanthropology Society Meetings, Vancouver, Canada.)