I graduated from The Graduate Center (CUNY) with my PhD in 2018 where I was also a part of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP). My dissertation work focused on the pelvic anatomy of a broad comparative sample to explore the functional requirements associated with the independent acquisition of bipedalism across different mammalian lineages. I am interested in the transition to terrestrial bipedalism within hominins so I also study Miocene ape locomotion and evolution. My work to date has been based primarily on primate locomotion with an emphasis on postcranial functional morphology. I use a variety of techniques including finite element analysis, 3D geometric morphometrics and trabecular bone assessment to explore these themes and to provide a more holistic approach to evaluating pelvic skeletal adaptation.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher based out of the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zürich where I work with Dr. Martin Häusler on topics related to the evolution of child birth in hominins. I am also a guest researcher at the Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum in Frankfurt, Germany, where I am continuing my investigation into mammalian bipedalism and the reconstruction of locomotor behavior in extinct taxa.

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