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We are proud of our alumni! Find them and their current details below. All dissertations are available from UMI Dissertation Services, or by interlibrary loan. Additionally, full text of dissertations after 1997 can be found on ProQuest with abstracts available for dissertations submitted prior to that date.

Dr. Heather Ahrens

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, High Point University, High Point, NC
  • Ph.D., 2017 - Phylogeny and Locomotor Ecomorphology of Oxyaenidae and Macroevolutionary Patterns in North American “Creodonta” (Mammalia, Placentalia)
  • E-mail: hahrens(at)highpoint.edu

Dr. Kristina Aldridge

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
  • Ph.D., 2003 - Organization of the human brain: development, variability, and evolution
  • E-mail: aldridgek(at)health.missouri.edu

Dr. Benjamin M. Auerbach

  • Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
  • Ph.D., 2007 - Skeletal variation in the New World during the Holocene: effects of climate and subsistence across geography and time
  • E-mail: auerbach(at)utk.edu

Dr. Christopher Beard

  • Foundation Distinguished Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and Senior Curator in the Biodiversity Institute, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Ph.D., 1989 - Postcranial anatomy, locomotor adaptations, and paleoecology of early Cenozoic Plesiadapidae, Paromomyidae, and Micromomyidae (Eutheria, Dermoptera)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Human Evolution (Academic Press)
  • MacArthur Fellow, 2000
  • E-mail: chris.beard(at)ku.edu
  • Homepage: http://eeb.ku.edu/k-christopher-beard-named

Dr. Audrone Biknevicius

  • Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Biomedical Sciences,College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Ph.D., 1990 - Biomechanical scaling of the mandibular corpus in carnivores
  • E-mail: biknevic(at)ohiou.edu

Dr. Kirsten Brown

  • Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC
  • Ph.D., 2011 - Obstetrical Adaptation in the Human Bony Pelvis: A Three-Dimensional Morphometric Approach
  • E-mail: brown.kirsten(at)gmail.com

Dr. M. Loring Burgess

  • Associate Osteologist, Peabody Museum, Harvard Univeristy
  • Ph.D., 2018 - Ontogenetic Changes in Limb Bone Structural Properties and Locomotor Behavior in Pan

Dr. Amy E. Chew

  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Brown University
  • Ph.D., 2005 - Biostratigraphy, Paleoecology and synchronized evolution in the Early Eocene mammalian fauna of the Central Bighorn Basin, Wyoming
  • E-mail: achew(at)jhmi.edu

Dr. Brenda Chinnery

  • Most recent academic address: Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • Ph.D., 2002 - Morphometric analysis of evolution and growth in the Ceratopsian postcranial skeleton
  • E-mail: brendachinnery(at)hotmail.com

Dr. Madeleine Chollet

  • Resident, Internal Medicine, Stanford Medicine
  • Ph.D., 2011 - The Brain Morphology of Children with Cleft Lip and/or Palate
  • E-mail: cholletm(at)wusm.wustl.edu

Dr. Katherine Coffing

  • Most recent academic address: Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  • Ph.D., 1998 - The metacarpals of Australopithecus afarensis: locomotor and behavioral implications of cross-sectional geometry
  • E-mail: kcoffing(at)anthro.ucla.edu

Dr. Valerie Burke DeLeon

  • Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Florida. Adjunct Professor, Center for Functional Anatomy & Evolution, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Ph.D., 2004 - Fluctuating asymmetry in the human craniofacial skeleton: effects of sexual dimorphism, stress, and developmental anomalies
  • E-mail: vdeleon(at)jhmi.edu

Dr. Naoko Egi


Dr. Ellen Fricano

  • Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Medical Anatomical Sciences, Western University Collge of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA
  • Ph.D., 2018 - The primate ectotympanic tube: correlates of structure, function and development
  • E-mail: efricano@westernu.edu

Ms. Rachel Frigot

  • Associate Teaching Fellow in Anatomy, Department of Medicine, Keele University
  • M.S., 2019 - Morphological variation in the avian pelvis

Dr. Evan Garofalo

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix, AZ
  • Ph.D., 2012 - Environmental and Genetic Effects on Growth of the Human Skeleton - A Bioarchaeological Investigation
  • E-mail: emgarofalo(at)email.arizona.edu

Dr. Heather Garvin

  • Associate Professor of Anatomy, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
  • Ph.D., 2012 - The Effects of Living Conditions on Human Cranial and Postcranial Sexual Dimorphism
  • E-mail: Heather.Garvin-Elling(at)dmu.edu

Dr. François D. H. Gould

  • Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Neurobiology, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH
  • Ph.D., 2012 - The Morphology of the Distal Femoral Articular Surface and the Evolution of Cursoriality in Ungulates
  • E-mail: fgould(at)neomed.edu

Dr. Hannah Grausz

  • Associate Director, MetroHealth/Cleveland Clinic Foundation Emergency Medicine Residency and Associate Staff Physician, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Ph.D., 1992 - Growth of the human perinatal craniofacial skeleton characterized in three dimensions
  • M.D., 1996
  • E-mail: grauszh(at)ccf.org

Dr. Michael Habib


Dr. Anthony Harper

  • Ph.D., 2019 - Craniodental adaptation and homoplasy in early mammals

Dr. Anita Hettena

  • Biology Co-Chair and Assistant Professor of Biology, San Diego City College, San Diego, CA
  • Ph.D., 2003 - A three-dimensional analysis of age-related change in the adult craniofacial skeleton
  • E-mail: anitahettena(at)yahoo.com

Dr. Ronald E. Heinrich

  • Most recent academic address: Instructor, Division of Biological Sciences, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
  • Ph.D., 1996 - Functional morphology and body size of Early Tertiary Miacoidea (Mammalia, Carnivora)
  • E-mail: reheinrich(at)gmail.com

Mr. Ryan W. Higgins


Dr. Megan A. Holmes

  • Instructor, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University
  • Ph.D., 2015 - "Developmental and functional influences on covariance in the mandible"
  • E-mail: megan.holmes(at)duke.edu

Dr. Katrina Jones


Dr. Heather Kristjanson

  • Ph.D., 2019 - Tupaiid masticatory anatomy and the application of extant analogs to reconstructing Plesiadapiform jaw adductors

Dr. Gail Krovitz

  • Adjunct Instructor, Department of Anthropology, University of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Ph.D., 2001 - Three-dimensional comparisons of craniofacial morphologyand growth patterns in Neandertals and modern humans
  • E-mail: gail.krovitz(at)ucdenver.edu

Dr. Yizheng Li

  • Staff Scientist, Wyeth Research, Cambridge, MA
  • Ph.D., 2002 - Postnatal development of pelvic sexual dimorphism in four anthropoid primates
  • E-mail: yli(at)wyeth.com

Dr. Mason Meers

  • Professor and Chair of Biology, Department of Biology, The University of Tampa, FL
  • Ph.D., 2000 - Evolution of the crocodylian forelimb: anatomy, biomechanics and functional morphology
  • E-mail: mmeers(at)ut.edu

Dr. Jay Mussell

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans, LA.
  • Ph.D., 2004 - A reexamination of Lipotyphla and Afrotheria using both molecular and morphological analyses
  • E-mail: jmusse(at)lsuhsc.edu

Dr. Ali Nabavizadeh

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
  • Ph.D., 2014 - Diversity, functional morphology, and evolution of jaw mechanisms in ornithischian dinosaurs
  • E-mail: alinabav(at)uchicago.edu

Dr. Maureen O'Leary


Dr. Matthew O'Neill

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Midwestern University
  • Ph.D., 2008 - The Structural Basis of Locomotor Cost: Gait, Mechanics and Limb Design in Ringtailed Lemurs (Lemur catta)
  • E-mail: mneill(at)midwestern.edu

Dr. Jason M. Organ

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • Ph.D., 2007 - The functional anatomy of prehensile and nonprehensile tails of the Platyrrhini (Primates) and Procyonidae (Carnivora)
  • E-mail: jorgan(at)iupui.edu

Dr. Tonya A. Penkrot

  • Instructor in Anatomy & Physiology, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ
  • Ph.D., 2010 - Molar morphometrics and diet in North American condylarths
  • E-mail: tapenkrot(at)gmail.com

Dr. Kristen A. Prufrock

  • Lecturer, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, Integrative Anatomy, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Ph.D., 2020 - Ontogeny of the masticatory system in Strepsirrhines
  • E-mail: kristen.prufrock@health.missouri.edu

Dr. Katherine Rafferty

  • Senior Lecturer, Department of Orthodontics, University of Washington School of Dentistry
  • Ph.D., 1996 - Joint design in primates: external and subarticular properties in relation to body size and locomotor behavior
  • E-mail: kraff(at)u.washington.edu

Dr. Jacqueline Runestad-Connour

  • Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Findlay, Findlay, OH
  • Ph.D., 1994 - Humeral and femoral diaphyseal cross-sectional geometry and articular dimensions in Prosimii and Platyrrhini (Primates) with application for reconstruction of body mass and locomotor behavior in Adapidae (Primates: Eocene)
  • E-mail: jackie_runestad(at)ccmail.wiu.edu

Dr. Mary Silcox

  • Professor, Department of Anthropology, Vice Dean of Graduate Studies, University of Toronto Scarbrough, Canada
  • Ph.D., 2001 - A phylogenetic analysis of the Plesiadapiformes and their relationship to Euprimates and other Archontans
  • E-mail: msilcox(at)utsc.utoronto.ca

Dr. Nicole S. Squyres

  • Lecturer, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Biology
  • Ph.D., 2016 - Shape variation in the distal femur of modern humans and fossil hominins
  • E-mail: nss28(at)psu.edu

Dr. François Therrien

  • Curator of Dinosaur Palaeoecology, Royal Tyrrell Museum and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, Canada
  • Ph.D., 2004 - Paleoenvironmental reconstruction of the Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) dinosaur-bearing formations of Romania
  • E-mail: Francois.Therrien(at)gov.ab.ca

Dr. Frank Varriale

  • Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, King's College, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711
  • Ph.D., 2011 - Dental Microwear and the Evolution of Mastication in Ceratopsian Dinosaurs
  • Email: frankvarriale(at)kings.edu

Dr. Georgina M Voegele


Dr. Carol Ward

  • Curator's Distinguished Professor and Director of Anatomical Sciences, Department of Anthropology and Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • Ph.D., 1991 - Functional anatomy of the lower back and pelvis of the Miocene hominoid Proconsul nyanzae from Mfangano Island, Kenya
  • E-mail: WardCV(at)missouri.edu
  • Homepage: https://www.wardlab.net/

Dr. Lawrence M. Witmer

  • Professor of Anatomy, Chang Ying-Chien Professor of Paleontology, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Ph.D., 1992 - Ontogeny, phylogeny, and air sacs: The importance of soft-tissue inferences in the interpretation of facial evolution in Archosauria
  • E-mail: witmer1(at)ohiou.edu
  • Homepage: http://www.oucom.ohiou.edu/dbms-witmer/

Dr. Shawn P. Zack

  • Assistant Professor of Anatomy, University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix
  • Ph.D., 2009 - The phylogeny ofeutherian mammals: a new analysis emphasizing dental and postcranial morphology of Paleogene taxa
  • E-mail: spzack(at)gmail.com

Dr. Kaya Zelazny


Dr. Ann C. Zumwalt

  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Ph.D., 2004 - The effect of endurance exercise on the morphology of muscle attachment sites: An experimental study in sheep (Ovis aries)
  • E-mail: azumwalt(at)bu.edu

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