Welcome to the Ungar Lab website.
The focus of research in our laboratory is the ecology of past mammals, especially human ancestors. The laboratory employs and supports research of graduate students and undergraduates at the University of Arkansas and other universities, and fosters collaborations among researchers at many institutions across the US and abroad. Our current projects vary from reconstructing environments during human evolution in Africa to studying extinction of giant marsupials at the end of the last ice age in Australia, and inferring the diets of our early ancestors and their kin. We use many approaches to studying tooth wear and shape as proxies for diet, including white-light confocal profilometry and laser scanning combined with scale-sensitive fractal analysis and geographic information systems software.
Please use the links on this site to explore our research projects, participants, and facilities. And don’t hesitate to contact me if you are interested in joining our laboratory as a collaborator or graduate student, or would like arrange access for your own projects.
Peter Ungar, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Chair of Anthropology
University of Arkansas