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 Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution in Tübingen where I am a postdoctoral researcher within Prof. Katerina Harvati's Paleoanthropology group. I also maintain a collaboration with the Institute of Evolutionary Medicine at the University of Zürich where I have been working alongside Dr. Martin Häusler and his team as a postdoc since 2018 on topics related to the evolution of child birth in hominins. This ongoing research includes assessing cephalopelvic fit in chimpanzees and exploring the effects of birth positioning on pelvic dimensions as a means to understand the evolution of birth difficulty in anatomically modern humans.

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