Dr. Neil Roach
Associate Concentration Advisor
My research focuses on how humans became reliant on technology and the effect that this reliance had on our place in the world. I am particularly interested in the origin of our own genus, Homo, nearly two million years ago, and how shifts in technological behavior at that time changed our diet, our social organization, our land use patterns and our relationship to other animals around us. Studying this important transition from our earlier ancestors' chimpanzee-like form and lifeways to that of our own lineage is critical to understanding how we as a species and genus are unique, what drove our evolution and why we are the way we are today.