Zhaken is Acting Director of the National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana. He is also a corresponding member of both Kazakh and Russian Academy of Sciences and Professor of Archaeology. He is the leader of the Kazakh scientific team.
Tobias is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Geography at the University of Würzburg. He analyzes remote sensing imagery (in particular, polarimetric SAR data and digital elevation models) for geomorphological questions. In PALAEOSILKROAD, he studies the morphometry and hydrography of the target areas using elevation models of the TanDEM-X Mission to help identify karstic caves.
Johan De Grave is a geochronologist and Professor in the Department of Geology at Ghent University, specializing in low-temperature thermo-chronology. He is head of the UGent luminescence dating laboratory. Many of his study areas are located in Siberia and Central Asia where his main research topic is linking the geology and tectonics to mountain building processes and paleoclimate.
Dimitri is a geochronologist working in the Department of Geology at Ghent University. Together with Johan, he conducts fundamental and ap-plied luminescence dating research to resolve a range of chronometric issues pertaining to Late Quaternary environ-ments in Europe, Africa and Asia.
Mica is currently a Professor of Anthropology at Colorado State University. Dr. Glantz is a paleoanthropologist who specializes in Neanderthal paleobiology and paleogeography. Her research has focused on hominin dental and craniofacial morphology as well as Paleolithic archaeology in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Miriam is a paleoanthropologist and Paleolithic archaeologist and an assistant professor of Anthropology at The University of Tulsa. Her research focuses on finding the mechanisms by which climate, environment and ecological changes may have affected hominin biological and cultural evolution. In PALAEOSILKROAD, she studies the small mammal fossil assemblages to understand the paleoenvironment community composition and ecological diversity.
Stefan Meng is a Quaternary paleoecologist based at the University of Greifswald. He specializes in the Quaternary land mollusks of the Tian Shan, Pamirs, and other regions of Inner Asia.
Stefania Milano is a paleontologist working in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig. She is specialized in the development and application of terrestrial and marine paleo-proxies to infer environmental changes and their relationship with human behavior to produce high-resolution climatic and environmental records of central Asia during the Pleistocene.
Denné is a biological anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin who studies the influences of ecology and environment on human adaptation and behavior. As the director of the PaleoCore website and data repository, he is working to integrate paleoanthropological data to address broad-scale questions about human evolution and environmental change, and to make the human fossil record more accessible to researchers, students and the public.