About Me

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU). My research is primarily in comparative anatomy, functional morphology, and evolution of herbivorous dinosaurs as well as comparative craniofacial musculature of large herbivorous mammals, such as elephants and rhinos. I acquired my PhD in Functional Anatomy and Evolution at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. My dissertation, entitled "Diversity, Functional Morphology, and Evolution of the Jaw Apparatus in Ornithischian Dinosaurs", focused on the osteological, arthrological, and inferred myological adaptations of jaws in all clades within Ornithischia.

I teach the Gross Human Anatomy sections of an integrated medical curriculum to first and second year medical students at CMSRU. During my graduate school years at Johns Hopkins SOM, I had five years of formal training in teaching Gross Human Anatomy to medical students and, as a postdoc, was actively involved in teaching Gross Human Anatomy at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. I am highly trained in human dissection as well as dissection of a wide variety of vertebrates. Along with vertebrate paleontology and human as well as comparative anatomy, I am also formally trained in mammalogy, herpetology, ornithology, comparative animal physiology, biodiversity, ecology, evolutionary biology, and biomechanics. I also have training in pen and ink, continuous tone, and digital illustration, which I strongly incorporate into my research.

Prior to receiving my PhD, I received my undergraduate Bachelor's degree with Honors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. I was employed in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology in the KU Biodiversity Institute at the Natural History Museum as a volunteer coordinator in the vertebrate fossil preparation laboratory, where I gained much of my initial experience in vertebrate paleontology.

I am an active member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the American Association of Anatomists and have given numerous presentations on my dissertation research on dinosaurs as well as research on the functional morphology of cranial musculature in other vertebrates, specifically proboscideans and other large mammals. Please feel free to navigate and find out more about my research!


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