As a biological anthropologist, I am interested in the biological basis of skeletal traits. My current research focuses on the Anterior Cruciate Ligament of the knee in humans, primates, and other mammal as well as its proximate structures, including its entheses and the lateral meniscus.
I also conduct research on the influence of the brain and other cranial features on the shape of the skull in a variety of different mammals.
Both of these fields of research are set within the context of human evolution and interpretation of the human fossil record.
My primary academic interest is the comparative anatomy, evolution, and development of the skeleton. In particular, I study the biology of the musculoskeletal system with a focus on the interactions between soft tissue structures such as ligament, tendon, and even neural tissue with bone. My past and current research focuses on the knee and the ways it has changed in the evolutionary shift from arboreal quadruped to biped. My ultimate goal is to gain a more thorough understanding of human evolution, with emphasis on elucidating the way in which bony tissues are shaped so that we may more accurately interpret the life histories of extinct taxa. Additionally, my research informs the way in which we collect data from skeletal and paleontological specimens by assessing the validity of these structures in interpreting locomotion. A common theme in my research has been to analyze not only anatomical structures in a comparative context, but to critically examine the ways in which biological anthropologists make inferences about fossil taxa.