Evolution of the head and neck: My research so far has focused on the evolution of the head and neck, especially as it relates to locomotion and posture. Specifically, I am interested in phenotypic integration, or covariation between traits due to shared genetic, developmental, and functional interactions between them. This work has been presented at the meetings of the Paleoanthropology Society, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, and the American Association of Anatomists. Parts of this research have been published at the Journal of Human Evolution and Evolution. Currently, I am working on a new project investigating character displacement in craniofacial traits, as well as a small project on the functional morphology of the second cervical vertebrae (the axis).
Evolution of the hylobatids: I am involved in a series of collaborative projects focused on taxonomy and evolution of the hominoid dentition, particularly in hylobatids. This group includes the gibbons and siamangs, small-bodied apes from eastern and southeastern Asia. This work has been published in PLOS ONE, and an additional manuscript is in prep. In addition, we’ve had multiple presentations at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meetings.
Vertebral variation: Previously I have worked on vertebral formula variation and the vertebral canal in hominins with the goal of clarifying the anatomy of the Homo erectus fossil Nariokotome Boy (KNM-WT 15000). I also have a small project on spondylolysis in the Inuit individuals from Point Hope, Alaska, that is in review at the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Some of the data gathered for these projects was published in the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology and presented at the annual meetings of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.