Ph.D Candidate in Functional Anatomy and Evolution
I am a graduate student at The Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution in The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, under the mentorship of Professor Ken Rose. My research strives to understand adaptation in the mammal skeleton. I use a technique called 3D geometric morphometrics to measure evolution of complex anatomical traits. My thesis is entitled “Scaling and Evolution of the Mammalian Spine: A 3D analysis of Vertebral Allometry”. It asks how the vertebral column is adapted to changing body size in living and extinct mammals, and if different locomotor types scale in different ways.
I gained my undergraduate and master’s degrees from the Earth Sciences Department at Cambridge University. My master’s thesis, under the guidance of Dr. Anjali Goswami, investigated phylogenetic and functional influences on morphological variation of the pinniped cranium and jaw.
I am also actively involved in anatomy teaching at Johns Hopkins. I have been a teaching assistant for the Medical Anatomy Class, the Summer Anatomy Program and the Towson University Physicians Assistants Anatomy course. I am also 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 we collect Eocene fossils that can shed light on the origins of major mammal groups. During my undergraduate thesis, I conducted fieldwork in the Crowsnest Pass region of Alberta, Canada; creating a geological map of the Late Cretaceous sediments that were tectonically deformed during the formation of the Rockies.
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