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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

 

Stephanie Cruz-Rincon, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology: Species Boundaries within the Tupaia belangeri-glis Species Complex (Scandentia, Tupaiidae) and a Test of the Island Rule

 

 

Katharine Walls, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology: A Review of the Pongo Skeletal Collection at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Awarded the William R. Belknap Prize and Honorable Mention for the Greg Yamanaka Senior Essay Prize.

 

 

Remick Kawawaki, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2017): The Origin and Evolution of Bipedalism: An Analysis of Hypotheses Behind the Modern Hominin Gait

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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Ryan McRae, Anthropology (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, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2017): Exploring the Evolution of the Human Diet Through Tooth Wear

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mollie DiBrell, Anthropology (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, Anthropology (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, Anthropology (2011): Early Onset Osteoporosis and a Case Study of the Condition in Early Bronze Age Remains from Bab edh-Dhra, Jordan

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

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

Simone Ellis, Anthropology (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, Anthropology (2003): Human Variation in Bone Remodeling

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

Summer Interns

 

Maya Juman, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2018): Species Boundaries among Large Treeshrews from Southeast AsiaYale Peabody Museum/Smithsonian Institution Joint Summer Internship.

 

 

Kara Weiss, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2017 & 2018): Functional Skeletal Morphology of the Pencil-Tailed Tree Mouse. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Summer Internship and Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship in the Sciences.

 

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

 

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

 

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Tiffany Bell, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (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, Anthropology (2012): A Morphometric Reevaluation of Tupaia Taxonomy. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Summer Internship.

 

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

 

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Rae Ellen Bichell, Anthropology (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, Anthropology (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, Anthropology (2013): Developing a Methodology for Quantifying Hair Morphology. Awarded Schwartz Prize for best Biological Anthropology senior essay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sara Wright, Anthropology (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

 

Amanda Leiss, Anthropology: Paleoenvironmental Context of ESA Archaeology: An Analysis of Gona Fauna Between 3-1 Ma

External Dissertation Grants: Leakey Foundation, Sigma Xi, Wenner-Gren Foundation

 

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

External Dissertation Grants: National Science Foundation, Leakey Foundation, American Society of Mammalogists, Sigma Xi, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grant (AMNH), Doris O. and Samuel P. Welles Fund (UCMP)

2014-present: Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology, Brooklyn College-CUNY

 

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

 

 

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

Dissertation Reader

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

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

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

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

Rachel Racicot, Geology & Geophysics (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, Geology & Geophysics (Ph.D., 2012): Multiphasic Allometric Analyses of the Felidae: Addressing Variation and Covariation in Endangered and Extinct Populations

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

Gary Aronsen, Anthropology (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, Anthropology (Ph.D., 2003): Ontogeny, Homology, and Phylogenetic Significance of Anthropoid Paranasal Sinuses

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

Master’s Thesis Reader

Keelin Baine, Archaeological Studies (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)