I am a current Ph.D. candidate in physical anthropology in the Anthropology Department at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), part of the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology (NYCEP). I have been funded through the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT).
I am an adjunct lecturer in the Anthropology Department at Lehman College where I have taught numerous 100, 200, and 300 level undergraduate courses. Recently, I also began a position as a course instructor at NYU School of Medicine. There, I teach first and second year students Human Gross Anatomy and Histology in a team-based teaching environment. We also teach a dissection based anatomy summer course to Italian medical students from Università degli Studi Gabriele D’Annunzio Chieti, Università degli Studi di Parma, Università degli Studi di Ferrara, and Università degli Studi di Bologna.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology from the George Washington University (GWU) where I conducted research for my undergraduate honors thesis on the growth and development of the Daasanach from the Turkana Basin, Kenya while an intern on the Koobi Fora Field School.
In addition to my dissertation work, I have investigated the functional morphology of the hominin knee considering musculo-skeletal parameters, the relationship between geometric associations of articular surfaces of the proximal ulna and locomotion with analyses of plesiadapiform, adapid, and subfossil lemur original specimens, and fluctuating facial asymmetry as related to ecology in modern humans and the role of taphonomy in the assessment of asymmetry in Homo floresiensis (LB1). Throughout these various projects I have addressed topics regarding form-function relationships evolutionarily and within individuals. I have used various means of data collection and analysis to answer scientific questions.
I am interested in the relationship between behavior, ecology, and morphology in extant and fossil primates. For my dissertation I am modeling the biomechanics of suspensory locomotion to address questions concerning patterns of locomotor evolution in hominoids throughout the Miocene and and role of arboreality in fossil Pliocene hominin postcranial evolution.
Specifically, I marry my knowledge of soft tissue morphology from the anatomy lab with museum-collected osteological measures of the hand and upper limb to investigate the relationship between bony morphology and muscle actions to calculate biomechanical parameters in relation to locomotion. The objectives of this project include evaluating morphological requisites of suspensory locomotion and inferring the mode of arboreality in fossil hominoids and hominins.
LINKS TO MY CONTENT ON OTHER SITES:
- Meet the Scientist at AMNH: Public perceptions of human evolution (April 3, 2015)
- In Search of DNA: A semester in the Disotell Lab (Dec. 18, 2014)
- Shoulder to Shoulder: Dr. Susan Larson shares her research on primate scapular morphology with the NYCEP, Hunter College Community (Dec. 9, 2014)