My research interests focus broadly on understanding the evolution of the cranial and mandibular diversity within Homo by using quantitative genetics models to address questions about the evolutionary processes underlying morphological variation.
Lauren completed her PhD at the University of Cape Town in August 2015. She is the recipient of several scholarships from the South African National Research Foundation as well as the Palaeontological Scientific Trust. She has also held a prestigious Baldwin Fellowship from the Leakey Foundation. Lauren is involved in both the Malapa and Rising Star projects and is part of the research team studying the recent fossil discoveries from these sites. She enjoys teaching and has been involved with outreach workshops and mathematics tutoring at high schools. Named one of Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans for 2015, Lauren is passionate about education and transformation in science and hopes to one day contribute to the education of young South Africans.