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Students in my laboratory study the morphology of living and fossil mammals, including primates. They also utilize the Mammalogy and Vertebrate Paleontology collections at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. As curator of these collections, I conduct summer field research to collect new specimens. Please contact me if you’re interested in conducting laboratory, museum, or paleontological field research.

UNDERGRADUATES

Senior Essay Advisor

Agnes Galej web

 

Agnes Galej, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2017): Postcranial Morphology and Taxonomy of Australasian Possums (Phalangeriformes)

 
 
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Katherine Nehyba, Environmental Studies, Yale University (2017): Ecological Niche Modeling of Fifteen Species of Treeshrews (Scandentia: Tupaiidae: Tupaia)

 

 

Roslyn Rivas, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2017): Exploring the Mode and Tempo of Madagascar’s Lemuriform Radiation: a Preliminary Analysis

 

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Ryan McRae, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2017): Growth, Trauma, and Death: a Forensic Analysis of Gorilla Skeletal Remains in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Awarded the Greg Yamanaka Senior Essay Prize and the Peter and Marion Schwartz Family Foundation Prize in Biological Anthropology.

Taylor Marchin, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2017): Exploring the Evolution of the Human Diet Through Tooth Wear

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Aimy Yu, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2016): Morphological Differentiation in White-Footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) Populations from in and around New York City

 

Kristina Thorson, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2016): Morphological Systematics of the Yale Peabody Museum’s Unknown Primates Collection

Dillon Thompson, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2015): Crossroads at Kra: disentangling the Tupaia glis-T. belangeri Complex on the Malay Peninsula

Megan Kirkham, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2015): An Inventory and Assessment of the Yale Peabody Museum’s Pan troglodytes Collection

Kylie Williamson, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2014): Macroscopic Analysis of Linear Enamel Hypoplasias in a Sample Population from Colonial Era New Haven, CT

Rachel Milewicz, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2013): Taxonomic Boundaries in the Northern Treeshrew Tupaia belangeri Based on Craniodental Morphometrics

Vincent Yu, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2013): The Island Rule: a Case Study Using Treeshrews

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Aspen Reese, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2012): Skeletal Indicators of Ecological Specialization in Pika (Mammalia, Ochotonidae). Awarded the Greg Yamanaka Senior Essay Prize.

 

Mollie DiBrell, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2012): A Paleopathological Review of Skeletal Remains from Venezuelan Archaeological Sites. Awarded Honorable Mention for the Schwartz Prize for best Biological Anthropology senior essay.

Courtney Stage, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2012): “Gargantua the Great:” the Physical Legacy of a Circus Star—an Anthropological Analysis of Injury and Illness in One Captive Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)

Ashley Andrada, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2011): Early Onset Osteoporosis and a Case Study of the Condition in Early Bronze Age Remains from Bab edh-Dhra, Jordan

Ana Marichal, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2011): Postcranial Indicators of Health, Disease and Occupation in Four Skeletons From an 1850’s New Haven Cemetery

Kaitlyn Sanders, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2010): The “Ordinary People:” the Maori and their Physical Legacy

Simone Ellis, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2008): Assessing Biological Race: Identification of Provenienced and Unknown Human Crania using Fordisc 3.0. Awarded Honorable Mention for the Greg Yamanaka Senior Essay Prize.

Aaron Lange, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2003): Human Variation in Bone Remodeling

Misha Mytar, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2002): Changes in Subsistence and Changes in Health: the Transition from Foraging to Farming

Summer Interns

Agnes Galej web

 

Agnes Galej, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2016): Quantifying Skeletal Variation in Australian Possums. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Summer Internship and Richter Summer Fellowship.

 

Katherine

 

Katherine Nehyba, Environmental Studies, Yale University (2016): Ecological Niche Modeling for Treeshrews (Mammalia, Scandentia). Summer Environmental Fellowship and Richter Summer Fellowship.

 

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Tiffany Bell, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2013): Using Hand Proportions to Test Taxonomic Boundaries within the Tupaia splendidula Species Group (Scandentia, Tupaiidae). Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship in the Sciences and Richter Summer Fellowship.

 

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Natalie Morningstar, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2012): A Morphometric Reevaluation of Tupaia Taxonomy. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Summer Internship.

 

Aspen Reese web

 

Aspen Reese, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (2011): Postcranial Morphological Variation between Pika Ecotypes. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Summer Internship.

 

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Rae Ellen Bichell, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2011): The Origin of Primates: an expedition to collect fossil mammals from a Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary site in Montana. Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

 

 

Senior Essay Reader

Natalie Morningstar, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2013): Amino Acid and Nucleotide Variation in the Opsin Gene of a Cathemeral Monochromat (Aotus azarae azarae). Awarded Honorable Mention for the Schwartz Prize for best Biological Anthropology senior essay.

Abigail Nishimura, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2013): Developing a Methodology for Quantifying Hair Morphology. Awarded Schwartz Prize for best Biological Anthropology senior essay.

Joan Weaver, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2013): Implementing Conservation Genetics for the Promotion of Cross River Gorilla Diversity and Survival

Rae Ellen Bichell, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2012): Climate and Endurance Running in Human Evolution

Katelyn Martin, Council on Archaeological Studies, Yale University (2012): Isolation and Characterization of Hemozoin for the Detection of Malaria in Human Remains

Matt Wade, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2012): Mysteries of the Human Microbiome: Exploring Transmission and Persistence

Amy Shapiro, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2005): Homo erectus and Deinonychosaurs Compared: Implications for the Evolution of the Hominin Lineage

Kate Franklin, Council on Archaeological Studies, Yale University (2004): The Cuzco Valley Remains of the Yale Peruvian Expeditions, 1911-1915: An Osteological Summary in Historical Context

Sara Wright, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (2003): The Origin of A Species: Explorations in Estimating a Speciation Date for Homo erectus. Awarded Sapir Prize for best Anthropology senior essay.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Primary Graduate Advisor

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Stephen Chester, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (Ph.D., 2013): Origin and Early Evolutionary History of Primates: Systematics and Paleobiology of Primitive Plesiadapiforms

 

 

Alexandra Neinast web

 

Alexandra Neinast, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University (MESc, 2013): Taxonomic Boundaries in the Cercopithecus mitis Species Group Based on Cranial Morphometrics

 

 

Jessica Hunt, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (Ph.D., 2004): Morphological Integration of the Catarrhine Cranium: An Ontogenetic and Phylogenetic Perspective

Dissertation Reader

Jessamy Doman, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (Ph.D., 2017): Paleontology and Paleoecology of the late Miocene Mpesida beds and Lukeino Formation, Tugen Hills succession, Baringo, Kenya

Matt Davis, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University (Ph.D., 2016): The Functional Diversity of Large North American Mammals During the Last 50,000 Years

Timothy Webster, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (Ph.D., 2015): Genomics of a Primate Radiation: Speciation and Diversification in the Macaques

Alex Dornburg, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Yale University (Ph.D., 2014): Night of the Holocentrids: A Phylogenetic Perspective on the Evolutionary History of an Enigmatic Clade of Nocturnal Reef Fishes

Rachel Racicot, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University (Ph.D., 2014): What Goes On Inside the Heads of Porpoises? Investigations of Porpoise (Cetacea: Phocoenidae) Skull Anatomy using CT Data

Ashley Gosselin-Ildari, Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University (Ph.D., 2013): The Evolution of Cercopithecoid Locomotion: A Morphometric, Phylogenetic, and Character Mapping Approach

Matthew Benoit, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University (Ph.D., 2012): Multiphasic Allometric Analyses of the Felidae: Addressing Variation and Covariation in Endangered and Extinct Populations

Kevin Potts, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (Ph.D., 2008): Habitat Heterogeneity on Multiple Spatial Scales in Kibale National Park, Uganda: Implications for Chimpanzee Population Ecology and Grouping Patterns

Vera Weisbecker, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales (Ph.D., 2008): Postcranial Evolution in Marsupials: Comparative Analyses of Autopodial Diversity and Postcranial Skeletal Ontogeny

Tara Harris, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (Ph.D., 2005): Roaring, Intergroup Aggression, and Feeding Competition in Black and White Colobus Monkeys (Colobus guereza) at Kanyawara, Kibale National Park, Uganda

Justine Salton, Department of Biology, City University of New York (Ph.D., 2005): Evolutionary Morphology of the Postcranial Skeleton in Afro-Malagasy Tenrecoidea (Mammalia)

Gary Aronsen, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (Ph.D., 2004): Positional Behavior and Support Use in Three Arboreal Monkeys of the Kibale Forest, Uganda: the Influences of Forest Structure, Microhabitats, and Energetics

James Rossie, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (Ph.D., 2003): Ontogeny, Homology, and Phylogenetic Significance of Anthropoid Paranasal Sinuses

Rebecca Fisher, Department of Anthropology, Yale University (Ph.D., 2002): Fetus to Adult: The Development and Evolutionary Significance of Pedal Muscle Variation

Master’s Thesis Reader

Keelin Baine, Council on Archaeological Studies, Yale University (MA, 2007): Dental Analysis of the Dolmen of Carcavelos

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Chris Gilbert, Gaylord Donnelley Environmental Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (2008-2010)

VISITING SCHOLARS

Jonathan Bloch, Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar, Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (Spring 2013)

Link Olson, Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar, Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (Spring 2011)

David Fox, Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholar, Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (Spring 2010)