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I am a palaeoanthropologist, and my research is primarily focused on understanding the evolution of bipedalism and reconstructing locomotion among early fossil human relatives (hominins).
My lab uses analysis of skeletal morphology in combination with biomechanical studies to explore the functional morphology of the human and ape skeleton and reconstruct locomotor and tool use behaviour of fossil hominins. This research is largely focused on understanding how behaviour shapes the skeleton, and how we can use plastic features to reconstruct locomotor behaviour in the past. Key areas of ongoing research include the functional morphology of the foot, how the skeleton changes during growth, and inter- and intra-specific variability in internal bone morphology.
I was awarded my Ph.D. from Leipzig University and completed postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (2018-2021) and the University of Kent (2022-2023).
Please email me if you are interested in working in my lab, applications are welcome from potential undergraduate interns, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.