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The overarching goal of my research program is to understand how key changes in primate sensory anatomy have influenced primate and anthropoid evolution. My approach uses comparative anatomy and ecology of living animals as a reference to reconstruct the functional and adaptive implications of anatomical and behavioral changes in extinct species. Currently, this work centers on two primary areas of study: the semicircular canals of the inner ear and the evolution of the brain. I am also an avid field paleontologist and have developed a field research focus aimed at recovering an early fossil record for tropical South American and renewing excavations for Middle Miocene fossil sites on Maboko Island, Kenya.

Education/Academic qualification

BS Forensic Science, Baylor University

PhD Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

MA Biological Anthropology, New Mexico State University


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