Functional Morphology | Biomechanics | Visualization
I study the anatomy, function, and evolution of the vertebrate foot—particularly in archosaurs (alligators, birds, dinosaurs). My research focuses on the dynamic interaction between foot and ground, and understanding how foot movement, foot morphology (shape), and substrate properties ultimately influence how animals move in their environment and how we interpret the tracks they leave behind.
Creating effective visuals to explore and communicate science has always been a core passion. Using a variety of methods and media, I have had the opportunity to illustrate for many vertebrate paleontologists and institutions, including a summer artist residency at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Recently my focus has been on developing new visual tools to explore complex 3D animal motion through collaborations with Brown University computer scientists and Rhode Island School of Design artists to understand substrate flow during the dinosaur track making process. Now, a primary focus of my postdoctoral research to explore problems and application of living animal XROMM data to fossil bones to gain insight into how extinct animals once moved.
I hold a Ph.D. (2020) and MSc (2018) from Stephen Gatesy’s Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, a BA (2015) in Biological Anthropology from the University of Washington, and certifications in Natural Science Illustration from the University of Washington, as well as in Reflective Teaching and in Course Design from Brown University.