Postdoctoral Researcher, Harvard University
Mammal Anatomy and Evolution
I also teach Human Gross Anatomy. I have been a lab-based teaching assistant for the Medical Anatomy Class, and the Summer Anatomy Program at Johns Hopkins, and the Towson University Physicians Assistants Anatomy course. I am an active member of the American Association of Anatomists, The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.
I have conducted fieldwork with the Rose crew in the Bighorn Basin of Wyoming. Here, Ken Rose collects Eocene fossils that can shed light on the origins of major mammal groups.
I'm excited about the publication of my latest paper "New insights on equid locomotor evolution from the lumbar region of fossil horses" in Proceedings B!
We've teamed up with the Brainscoop (Field Museum) to make a series of youtube videos about our research!
Some new papers:
"Evolutionary allometry of the thoracolumbar centra in felids and bovids". Journal of Morphology
"Preliminary data on the effect of osseous anatomy on ex vivo joint mobility in the equine thoracolumbar region". Equine Veterinary Journal."Impact of the terrestrial-aquatic transition on disparity and rates of evolution in the carnivoran skull". BMC Evolutionary Biology.
9th July 2015
We are delighted to announce that our NSF grant, entitled "Functional evolution of the mammalian backbone: Insights from the forerunners of mammals", was funded!
16th January 2015
I have joined the Pierce lab at Harvard University as a postdoctoral researcher!
A press release I wrote for the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology was published on Newswise on January 4th.
19th November 2014
New paper out today in Nature Communications, led by my Ph.D Advisor Ken Rose, in collaboration with colleagues from Belgium and India:
"Early Eocene fossils suggest that the mammalian order Perissodactyla originated in India"
I'm delighted to announce that I was awarded the Romer Prize at the SVP meeting in Berlin! There were many wonderful talks and I feel very honored to have been selected. The talk was entitled "The axial skeleton: A missing puzzle-piece in the evolution of cursoriality in horses."
I successfully defended my dissertation on the 24th September, and it has now been officially accepted by the university. I will be graduating in December 2014! Thanks to my wonderful readers: Ken Rose, Valerie DeLeon, John Hutchinson and Liza Shapiro!
The title of my dissertation is "Allometry of the thoracolumbar region in running mammals".
Check out my latest paper in the journal Evolution and Development!
"Ontogenetic allometry in the thoracolumbar spine of mammal species with differing gait use" examines growth of the vertebral column in four quadrupedal mammals. We demonstrate that interspecific differences in vertebral proportions related to locomotion are produced via increased ontogenetic allometry of the lumbar region.