Students

Erick Bayala

Erick Bayala

Matriculation Year: 2015:
Advisor(s):
Marcus Kronforst

Hannah Farrell

Office: Anatomy 201:
Hannah is interested in the functional morphology and evolution of the hominin shoulder girdle. Her dissertation work aims to explore locomotor adaptation in the australopithecines via an integrative form-function study of hominoid clavicle morphology.
Advisor(s):
Zeray Alemseged

Samantha Gartner

Office: Culver 101:
Sam takes an integrative approach to studying fish skull movement in 3-dimensions, using wrasses (family Labridae) as her model system, and exploring how ligaments function in fish skulls, to add to our understanding of the biomechanics of fish feeding.
Advisor(s):
Mark Westneat

Jenks Hehmeyer

Office: Culver 405a:
I research the evolution of animal development, with a focus on gene regulatory network (GRN) evolution, early animal evolution, and functional 3D genome architecture.

Emily Hillan

Office: Culver 405a:
I investigate how skeletal morphologies change in evolution. I incorporate data from the fossil record to determine what anatomical adaptations have occurred, and developmental data to probe how these changes might have happened.

Laura Hunter

Office: Culver 405a:
constructing a valid model of the last common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees, by incorporating comparative functional morphology across extinct and extant hominoids

Maddie Kelly

Office: Culver 405a:
Understanding spatial variability and temporal shifts in early hominin paleoecology by integrating diverse data such as stable isotopes and faunal ecomorphology to describe past environmental conditions.
Alexa Lamprecht

Alexa Lamprecht

Office: Hinds 281:
Alexa is interested in the anatomy and morphology of the locomotor system in mammals. Her dissertation work investigates the association between limb morphology and ecology in extant and fossil ruminant mammals.
Advisor(s):
Graham Slater
Peishu Li

Peishu Li

Office: Anatomy 306:
I am broadly interested in the origin and evolution of the mammalian feeding system. I am currently investigating the evolutionary transformation of the hyoid bones, and the impact of different hyoid morphotypes on swallowing biomechanics.
Advisor(s):
Zhe-Xi Luo, Callum Ross

Muzi Li

Office: Culver 405a:
I am interested in the evolutionary and genetic mechanisms of embryo polarity formation in insects.