Janine Chalk

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E-Mail: JCHALK4(at)jhmi.edu
Phone: 443-287-3902

1830 E. Monument St., Room 303
Baltimore, MD 21205 USA

  • Education:

  • Ph.D., Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program, George Washington University, 2011

  • Research Focuses:
  • Dissertation Research (Ph.D.): The effects of feeding strategies and food mechanics on the ontogeny of masticatory function in the Cebus libidinosus cranium.

    Current research:
    My research investigates the relationship between feeding ecology and primate craniofacial morphology. I am especially interested in how food material properties and food processing behaviors influence adaptations in the skull of New World monkeys. In addition to collecting material property and behavioral data in the field, I employ morphometrics and finite element modeling to test hypotheses of how the primate face resists masticatory stress.

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  • Publications and Abstracts:
  • Chalk, J., Wright, B. W., Vogel, E. R., & Lucas, P. W. (2013) Developmental perspectives on feeding in wild tufted capuchins (Cebus libidinosus). Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 150 (S56):97.

    Chalk, J. and Vogel, E. R. (2012) Insights into primate dietary ecology: methods and theory. Int. J. Primatol. 33 (3): 515-519.

    Lucas, P.W., Copes, L., Constantino, P.J., Vogel, E.R., Chalk, J., Talebi, M., Landis, M., and Wagner, M. (2012) Measuring toughness of primate foods and its ecological value. Int. J. Primatol. 33 (3): 598-610.

    Chalk, J., Richmond, B.G., Ross, C.F., Strait, D.S., Wright, B.W., Spencer, M.A., Wang, Q., and Dechow, P.C. (2011) A finite element analysis of masticatory stress hypotheses. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 145 (1): 1-10.

    Strait, D.S., Weber, G.W., Neubauer, S., Chalk, J., Richmond, B.G., Lucas, P.W., Spencer, M.A., Schrein, C., Dechow, P.C., Ross, C.F., Grosse, I.R., Wright, B.W., Constantino, P., Wood, B.A., Lawn, B., Hylander, W.L., Wang, Q., Byron, C.D., Slice, D.E., and Smith ,A.L. (2009) The feeding biomechanics and dietary ecology of Australopithecus africanus. PNAS USA 106: 2124-2129.

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