I am a vertebrate paleontologist and anatomist devoted to teaching, student mentoring, research, and outreach. Because of my background in the Earth sciences, and because my research questions are rooted in evolutionary biology, it allows me to approach topics of life in the past in multiple ways. I am an interdisciplinary scientist addressing questions of evolutionary biology and deep time using morphological, ecological, and temporal data. Using the same approach when teaching, I interweave physiology, embryology, and histology to create a more complete picture of human anatomy. I highlight connections between different scientific disciplines in my teaching, just as they form the core of my professional development.
As with research, my teaching interests highlight the interconnectedness of multiple disciplines. Whether teaching neuroanatomy, gross anatomy, or embryology, I attempt to teach broad physiological and/or structural concepts within an anatomical context. I have done research exploring empirical and theoretical issues in morphological evolution, phylogeny estimation, systematics, and biogeography, as well as on novel pedagogical approaches to teaching anatomy.
I currently teach anatomy at all levels of the university scale, from undergraduates up through graduate, medical, and health professional students. Additionally, I am the director of the undergraduate human gross anatomy course, as well as co-director of a special projects in anatomy graduate course and co-director of the musculoskeletal organ system (MSK) block in the medical school curriculum. I also serve as the discipline director for gross anatomy, overseeing the anatomy content delivered in the undergraduate, graduate, and medical school curricula.