• 217 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
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Area of Expertise

Dr. Muchlinski’s research focuses on primate bioenergetics and sensory ecology within an anthropological framework. Specifically, this work concentrates on how the selective pressures imposed by differences in feeding ecology shape the anatomy, physiology, and evolution of both non-human primates and humans. She is currently involved in two ongoing research projects:
The first focuses on the interaction between brain size and the evolution of metabolic strategies. Primates have larger brains than most non-primate mammals, yet we do not have significantly different overall metabolic requirements for our body size. To better understand this phenomenon, her current research asks the following three questions: 1) Does relative muscle mass vary with brain size in primates? 2) Does muscle fiber composition correlate with relative brain size in primates? and 3) Is there a peak in muscle growth soon after brain growth is complete?
The second project focuses on the evolution of touch in mammals using histomorphology. In collaboration with comparative genomicists and behaviorists Dr. Muchlinski is identifying both the phenotype and genotype associated with touch variation in neotropical mammals.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

MA in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin

BA in Anthropology, University of California at Santa Cruz

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Primates Medicine & Life Sciences
primate Earth & Environmental Sciences
mammals Agriculture & Biology
mammal Earth & Environmental Sciences
Touch Medicine & Life Sciences
Vibrissae Medicine & Life Sciences
nerve tissue Agriculture & Biology
Mammals Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2017 2017

Research Output 2008 2018

  • 217 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 21 Article
  • 2 Chapter
1 Citation (Scopus)

Good Vibrations: The Evolution of Whisking in Small Mammals

Muchlinski, M. N., Wible, J. R., Corfe, I., Sullivan, M. & Grant, R. A., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Anatomical Record.

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small mammals
3 Citations (Scopus)

How the Brain May Have Shaped Muscle Anatomy and Physiology: A Preliminary Study

Muchlinski, M. N., Hemingway, H. W., Pastor, J., Omstead, K. M. & Burrows, A. M., 1 Mar 2018, In : Anatomical Record. 301, 3, p. 528-537 10 p.

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The ligamentum teres femoris in orangutans

Muchlinski, M. N., Hammond, A. S., Deane, A. S., Purcell, M., Hemingway, H. W., Hantke, G., Pastor, F., Garrosa, M. & Hartstone-Rose, A., 1 Nov 2018, In : American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 167, 3, p. 684-690 7 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)

A comparative analysis of infraorbital foramen size in Paleogene euarchontans

Muchlinski, M. N. & Kirk, E. C., 1 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Human Evolution. 105, p. 57-68 12 p.

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Relative tooth size at birth in primates: Life history correlates

Smith, T. D., Muchlinski, M. N., Bucher, W. R., Vinyard, C. J., Bonar, C. J., Evans, S., Williams, L. E. & DeLeon, V. B., 1 Nov 2017, In : American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 164, 3, p. 623-634 12 p.

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