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KATRINA JONES

PALEONTOLOGIST  |  MORPHOLOGIST  |  ANATOMIST

Katrina Jones, postdoctoral researcher

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.

Education
2014

 

 

2008

 

 

2007

Ph.D. Functional Anatomy and Evolution

Johns Hopkins University

Allometry of the thoracolumbar region in running mammals

MSc Earth Sciences

Cambridge University

Morphometric Analysis of Cranial Morphology in Pinnipeds (Mammalia, Carnivora)

BA Earth Sciences

Cambridge University

Grants & Awards
2020
2017
2014

2013

 

 

2013

 

 

2013

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 

Sigma-Xi

LATEST NEWS

Presidential Fellow position
Presidential Fellow position

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.

Royal Society Fellowship
Royal Society Fellowship

I am delighted to have been awarded a 5-year University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society

Nature Eco Evo Paper
Nature Eco Evo Paper

New research describes the link between vertebral regionalization and biomechanical function

Nature Comms paper
Nature Comms paper

New paper describes the evolution of mammalian axial complexity. Image: A. Neander.

Axial Symposium
Axial Symposium

I participated in an axial evolution symposium at the International Congress on Vertebrate Morphology in Prague

Seminar at EEB Brown
Seminar at EEB Brown

I was invited to speak at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University

Concord Field Station Seminar
Concord Field Station Seminar

I gave a research talk at the CFS, the experimental biomechanics center at Harvard

Talk at NEOMED
Talk at NEOMED

I was invited to speak at Northeast Ohio Medical University, and meet the infamous college mascot, the walking whale!

BMC Evolutionary Biology paper
BMC Evolutionary Biology paper

Recent paper describes impact of adaptation and constraint on mammal axial skeleton using GMM

Science paper
Science paper

Study reveals the evolutionary steps behind the origin of the regionalized mammal backbone. Image: April Neander

Fieldwork in Nova Scotia
Fieldwork in Nova Scotia

Article describing exciting finds from Nova Scotia this year!

SVP Calgary
SVP Calgary

I presented new research on geometric morphometrics of non-mammalian synapsid vertebrae

AAA Postdoctoral Fellowship
AAA Postdoctoral Fellowship

I am the recipient of the 2017 AAA postdoc fellowship, which will support my research on form and function in the vertebral column

Paper in JEB
Paper in JEB

New paper clarifies armadillo vertebral biomechanics

JVP paper
JVP paper

JVP short communication describes evolution of accessory articulations in the lumbar region of perissodactyls