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Welcome to the Hartstone-Rose Research Lab!

We study functional morphology and comparative anatomy in vertebrates, predominantly in mammals and mostly in primates and carnivorans.  We examine the relationship between anatomical form and behavioral functions – especially the relationship between diet and the masticatory apparatus (jaws, teeth and masticatory muscles).  We do this through studies of animal behavior (e.g., feeding experiments”, soft-tissue muscle dissections and analysis, and morphological analysis of the craniodental anatomy of both extant and extinct species.  We also apply similar methods to the analysis of limb morphology as it relates to locomotion and posture.  Beyond our morphological research, we have a large public engagement in STEM project, funded by both the National Science Foundation and the Wellcome Trust (UK), that focuses on the role of youth educators as learners and teachers in informal STEM learning sites.

Join Our Lab!

We are always looking for students to work in the lab.  There are many opportunities for students interested in functional morphology.  Our lab is staffed by technicians, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates.  Occasionally we also have visiting collaborators, high school students and have even worked with middle school students on projects.
For undergraduates, there are two biological science special topic courses (BSC 495) required to participate in the lab. During the fall semester, the first course dives into the first steps of research publication emphasizing the writing portion. The spring semester course will then continue into data collection, data analysis, as well as how to conclude and submit for publication.
Currently, we have funding for PhD students and are seeking highly motivated candidates who are interested in digital dissection methods, muscle functional morphology, and/or functional morphological approaches to carnivore paleontology.  Our funding covers not only the student costs but we also have extensive resources to support the costs of cutting-edge research – funding for hardware, software, and advanced data collection methods including micro-CT and MRI.  Please contact us if you are interested or have students who might be!

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