Dr. Stephanie Melillo
Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2016
Class of 2001
Stephanie Melillo is a star in the field of paleoanthropology. She is a world-recognized expert in the evolution of the human shoulder joint and in the evolution of bipedal motion. After graduating from Cardinal, she attended Case Western Reserve University, Department of Anthropology, graduating summa cum laude in 2005. She received a doctorate from the Stanford University Department of Biology in 2011. She has been a guest lecturer at Stanford, Cal Tech, and the University of California Santa Cruz and is also the author or co-author of several professional publications. Stephanie has been a member of the Worsano-Mille Paleotolongical Research Project in Afar, Ethiopia, since 2006. Stephanie was part of the team that discovered a previously unknown member of humankind’s family tree, Australopithecus deyiremeda, in 2009. Stephanie is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.