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. 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.
Senior Essay Advisor
Kyra Gee, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2022): Postcranial Skeletal Variation in Three Species of Arboreal and Terrestrial Rats (Rodentia: Muridae: Rattus). Awarded the William R. Belknap Prize.
Katherine Handler, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2022): Splendid Isolation: A Taxonomic Revision of Tupaia splendidula (Mammalia, Scandentia)
Maya Juman, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2020): Ecogeographic Variation and Taxonomic Boundaries in Large Treeshrews (Scandentia, Tupaiidae) from Southeast Asia
Kara Weiss, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2019): Functional Skeletal Morphology of Pencil-Tailed Tree Mice (Rodentia: Muridae: Chiropodomys)
Katharine Walls, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2018): 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
Agnes Galej, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2017): Postcranial Morphology and Taxonomy of Australasian Possums (Phalangeriformes)
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
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
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
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
Ananth Miller-Murthy, Mathematics (2019): Species Boundaries among Lesser Treeshrews from Southeast Asia. Yale Peabody Museum/Smithsonian Institution Joint Summer Internship
Maya Juman, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2018 & 2019): Species Boundaries among Large Treeshrews from Southeast Asia. Yale Peabody Museum/Smithsonian Institution Joint Summer Internship, Yale College Dean’s Research Fellowship in the Sciences, Summer Environmental Fellowship, and Tetelman Fellowship for International Research in the Sciences
Agnes Galej, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2016): Quantifying Skeletal Variation in Australian Possums. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Summer Internship and Richter Summer Fellowship
Katherine Nehyba, Environmental Studies (2016): Ecological Niche Modeling for Treeshrews (Mammalia, Scandentia). Summer Environmental Fellowship and Richter Summer Fellowship
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
Natalie Morningstar, Anthropology (2012): A Morphometric Reevaluation of Tupaia Taxonomy. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Summer Internship
Aspen Reese, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (2011): Postcranial Morphological Variation between Pika Ecotypes. Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History Summer Internship
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.
Primary Graduate Advisor
Spencer Irvine, Anthropology: Functional Morphology of Primate Hips and Knees: The Locomotor Behavior of the Earliest Primates and the Importance of Leaping to Primate Origins
Amanda Leiss, Anthropology (Ph.D., 2022): Paleoenvironmental Context of Early Stone Age Archaeology: An Analysis of the Gona Fauna Between ~3 and 1 Ma
External Dissertation Grants: Leakey Foundation, Sigma Xi, Wenner-Gren Foundation
2022: Visiting Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Boston University
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)
2021-present: Associate Professor, Anthropology, Brooklyn College-CUNY
2014-2021: Assistant Professor, Anthropology and Archaeology, Brooklyn College-CUNY
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
Neelima Sharma, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science (Ph.D., 2021): On the Role of Stability in Animal Morphology and Neural Control
Heather Kristjanson, Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D., 2019): Tupaiid Masticatory Anatomy and the Application of Extant Analogs to Reconstructing Plesiadapiform Jaw Adductors
Elaine Gomez Guevara, Anthropology (Ph.D., 2018): Genomics of Primate Longevity
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