Philipp Gunz, Ph.D. was employed as a Marie Curie
postdoctoral fellow (EVAN Training Network) from 2006 to 2007, and is currently a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Insitute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.
He is a physical anthropologist developing software to deal with
taphonomic distortions and estimate missing parts of incomplete fossil
crania using reference-based geometric and statistical methods.
In the course of his Ph.D. thesis he worked on the theoretical basis
that underlies such formalized reconstructions, programmed the
necessary software and successfully applied it to semilandmark data
gathered from CT scans of South African australopithecines as well as
surface data collected with a 3D digitizer.
Philipp Gunz is also working on geometric morphometric analyses of
evolution and development, comparing postnatal ontogenetic trajectories
of apes and humans and relating the morphometric results to theoretical
concepts of evolution and development.