PAST Grantee Spotlight: Mariam Bundala

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Calgary, where I study landscape use and how environmental change has impacted human evolution. My research could significantly contribute to understanding of early human habitat use during the Middle Pleistocene Period. I hold a position of an assistant lecturer at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam.

PAST funding had a significant impact on my career. I received multiple grants from PAST throughout my M.A studies at the University of Dar es Salaam and now for Ph.D. research. Throughout these years of funding, my field research in Tanzania has generated multiple conference presentations, invited workshop presentations, and co-authored peer-reviewed publications to effectively communicate scientific research within and outside my field. In addition, my Ph.D. research funding allowed me to take on leadership responsibilities involving organizing all field logistics and training my field assistants in data collection. 


Mariam Bundala documenting geological sections of Lower and Upper Manyara Beds.

Credit: Field Assistant, Ibrahim Masawe