Gerhard W. Weber, a.o. Univ.-Prof. Dr.
- Department of Anthropology
- University of Vienna
Gerhard W. Weber is Associate Professor
and Deputy Head at the Department of Anthropology, University of
Research: Current research activities
centre on the evolution, growth and development of humans, their
ancestors, and their closest relatives. Main
focus is the quantitative analysis and comparison of hominoid skulls
and teeth using geometric and biomechanical properties.
Within the Department he leads the work group
Anthropology" (multidisciplinary extension of anthropology into
the digital world). In addiiton, he is head of the core facility "Vienna Micro-CT Lab" at Faculty
of Life Sciences, University of Vienna that runs one of the most
advanced micro-CT devices in Middle Europe which can handle objects up
to the size of skulls and penetrate dense objects such as fossils.
Gerhard Weber is also chairman of the "EVAN-Society" which is the
successor of the EU project "EVAN" (EU MRTN-CT-2005-019564 € 3.3 Mio).
The society further develops a software to perform shape and form
anaylsis without programming knowledge and maintains a 3D-archive. He
is also chief editor of the “
digital@rchive of Fossil Hominoids” (Int.Reg.No. VLB
5 important recent publication
|Weber GW, and Bookstein FL. 2011.
Virtual Anthropology - A Guide to a New Interdisciplinary Field.
Wien, New York: Springer Verlag. ISBN 978-3-211-48647-4.
||Weber GW, Bookstein FL, and Strait DS. 2011. Virtual
anthropology meets biomechanics. J Biomech 44:1429-1432.
||Benazzi S, Douka K, Fornai C, Bauer CC, Kullmer O, Svoboda J, Pap
I, Mallegni F, Bayle P, Coquerelle M, Condemi S, Ronchitelli A, Harvati
K, Weber GW. 2011. Early dispersal of modern humans in Europe
and implications for Neanderthal behaviour. Nature 479:525-528.
||Gunz P, Bookstein FL, Mitteroecker P, Stadlmayr A, Seidler H, and
Weber GW. 2009. Early modern human diversity suggests subdivided
population structure and a complex out-of-Africa scenario. PNAS
||Strait DS, Weber GW, Neubauer S, Chalk J, Richmond BG, Lucas
PW, Spencer MA, Schrein C, Dechow PC, Ross CF and others. 2009. The
feeding biomechanics and dietary ecology of Australopithecus africanus.
Lecture "Virtual Anthropology - Introduction into
digital 3D-methods" (2 ECTS)
Lab "Virtual Anthropology - 3D Applications and Software" (2
Lecture & Lab "Applied Statistics for Anthropologists" (9
Seminar "Hominid Evolution" (2 ECTS)
Lab "Micro-CT and the handling of volume data" (2 ECTS)
Education and Professional Career
| Head of the Core Facility "Vienna Micro-CT
Lab" at Faculty of Life Sciences, Univ. Vienna.
|| Team leader of the Emerging Field "Virtual
Anthropology" at Univ. Vienna.
|| Deputy Head of the Department of
Anthropology, Univ. Vienna.
Other Functions and Editorship
|| Leader of the workgroup “Virtual Anthropology”
|| Associated Professor, Department of Anthropology, Univ.
| Venia docendi (“Habilitation”) for Anthropology
|| Assistant Professor, Institute of Human Biology, Univ.
|| Postdoctoral Fellow, Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Prof.
James F. Toole, Neurology) & Wake Forest University
(Prof. David Weaver, Anthropology), North Carolina, USA
|| Member of the Tyrolean Iceman Research Consortium
|| Ph. D. (Dr. phil.) degree at Univ. Vienna, Supervisor: Prof.
|| Austrian Army Service, Tank Battalion
|| Vienna Business School for Economics, general qualification
for university entrance
|| Head of the international workgroup "3D Craniometry for
(members from Austria, Canada, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Russia,
|| Initiator and Coordinator of the “European Virtual
Anthropology Network – EVAN”
EU FP6 Marie Curie Actions MRTN-CT-2005-019564
| Deputy Head of the Department of Anthropology, University of
|| Chief editor of the “digital@rchive of Fossil Hominoids”
(Int.Reg.No. VLB 5162563)
|| Founding member of the new European Society for Studying
Human Evolution ESHE
|| Board member of the "NESPOS Society" (www.nespos.org)
| Chairman of the "EVAN-Society" (www.evan-society.org)
|| Award for my workgroup Virtual Anthropology by the Faculty of
Life Science, UNIVIE
| Science Award by the government of Lower Austria