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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

Cambridge University

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

BA Earth Sciences

Cambridge University

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 



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
I am delighted to have been awarded a 5-year University Research Fellowship by the Royal Society
Nature Eco Evo Paper
New research describes the link between vertebral regionalization and biomechanical function
Nature Comms paper
New paper describes the evolution of mammalian axial complexity. Image: A. Neander.
Axial Symposium
I participated in an axial evolution symposium at the International Congress on Vertebrate Morphology in Prague
Seminar at EEB Brown
I was invited to speak at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University
Concord Field Station Seminar
I gave a research talk at the CFS, the experimental biomechanics center at Harvard
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
Recent paper describes impact of adaptation and constraint on mammal axial skeleton using GMM
Science paper
Study reveals the evolutionary steps behind the origin of the regionalized mammal backbone. Image: April Neander
Fieldwork in Nova Scotia
Article describing exciting finds from Nova Scotia this year!
SVP Calgary
I presented new research on geometric morphometrics of non-mammalian synapsid vertebrae
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
New paper clarifies armadillo vertebral biomechanics
JVP paper
JVP short communication describes evolution of accessory articulations in the lumbar region of perissodactyls
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Katrina. E. Jones

Presidential Fellow

Interdisciplinary Centre for Ancient Life

University of Manchester

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SVP Calgary

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