Faculty, Staff, and Students
Research Conducted at the Lab
Welcome to the Ungar Lab
The focus of research in our laboratory is the ecology and evolution of past mammals, especially human ancestors. More specifically, we develop new approaches for using teeth to reconstruct diets of past species so we can better understand the impact of environmental change on past life. We also use our techniques for clinically-oriented research and to document oral health in living peoples transitioning from traditional foraging to village life. Our next big project is to apply lessons learned to better understand the effects of climate change today on Arctic ecology and peoples.
The laboratory trains 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 projects vary from efforts to reconstruct habitats and diets of past species to developing new approaches to infer the etiology of dental erosion in clinical populations. We use many approaches to studying tooth wear and shape, including confocal profilometry, laser scanning, and digital photogrammetry 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, graduate student, or undergraduate honors student.
Peter Ungar, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director of Environmental Dynamics
University of Arkansas