PALEONTOLOGIST | MORPHOLOGIST | ANATOMIST
I am a Presidential Fellow and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. I am interested in the anatomy and evolution of the mammal skeleton, particularly the vertebral column. My work combines comparative anatomy, quantitative morphology (e.g., geometric morphometrics, evolutionary modelling), and biomechanics to understand the evolutionary drivers of the mammalian axial skeleton. Previously, I conducted a NSF-funded postdoctoral project investigating the evolution of the spine in the synapsid forerunners of mammals at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University.
Ph.D. Functional Anatomy and Evolution
Johns Hopkins University
Allometry of the thoracolumbar region in running mammals
MSc Earth Sciences
Morphometric Analysis of Cranial Morphology in Pinnipeds (Mammalia, Carnivora)
BA Earth Sciences
Grants & Awards
University Research Fellowship
The Royal Society, London.
AAA Postdoctoral Fellowship
American Association of Anatomists
Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
Grant-in-aid of research
American Society of Mammalogists
Theodore Roosevelt Grant
American Museum of Natural History
Grant-in-aid of research
I am pleased to announce I will be starting a new position in 2021, as a Presidential Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life at University of Manchester.
I am delighted to have been awarded a 5-year University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society
New research describes the link between vertebral regionalization and biomechanical function
New paper describes the evolution of mammalian axial complexity. Image: A. Neander.
I participated in an axial evolution symposium at the International Congress on Vertebrate Morphology in Prague
I was invited to speak at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University
I gave a research talk at the CFS, the experimental biomechanics center at Harvard
I was invited to speak at Northeast Ohio Medical University, and meet the infamous college mascot, the walking whale!
Recent paper describes impact of adaptation and constraint on mammal axial skeleton using GMM
Study reveals the evolutionary steps behind the origin of the regionalized mammal backbone. Image: April Neander
Article describing exciting finds from Nova Scotia this year!
I presented new research on geometric morphometrics of non-mammalian synapsid vertebrae
I am the recipient of the 2017 AAA postdoc fellowship, which will support my research on form and function in the vertebral column
New paper clarifies armadillo vertebral biomechanics
JVP short communication describes evolution of accessory articulations in the lumbar region of perissodactyls