I am a Postdoctoral research fellow in the department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Missouri. I am currently working with Dr. Carol Ward on several projects related to torso morphology in humans, apes, and monkeys.
I completed my PhD in Biological Anthropology at New York University. My dissertation research focused on investigating ecogeographic influences on trunk modularity in recent humans in order to study the evolution of body form in hominins. Specifically, my research aimed to understand the pattern of covariation among the ribcage, vertebral column, and pelvis and to investigate how that pattern differs in populations of modern humans from varied geographical locales. I incorporated both two-dimensional and three-dimensional morphological data as well as climatic and genetic data in my research.
My past projects have ranged from tracking woolly monkeys in the Ecuadorian rainforest in order to study the acquisition of locomotor behavior in juveniles to studying histological cross-sections of bone to look at osteon size variability.
To read about my dissertation data collection travel adventures spanning multiple continents, you can visit my travel blog: The Wandering Osteologist