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Curriculum vitae

Tracy L. Kivell

 

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Human Evolution
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany

E-mail: tracy_kivell@eva.mpg.de
Citizenship: Canadian

 

Education

2007 Ph.D.

University of Toronto, Dept. of Anthropology (Dr. David Begun)
Thesis title: Ontogeny of the hominoid midcarpal joint and implications for the origin of hominin bipedalism

2002 M.A.

University of Toronto, Dept. of Anthropology (Dr. David Begun)
Thesis title: No longer enigmatic: Reevaluation of Oreopithecus bambolii positional repertoire

2001 Hon. B.Sc.

University of Western Ontario/University of Toronto,
Dept. of Anthropology

 

Research Interests

  • Origin of human bipedal locomotion
  • Biomechanics of primate locomotion and limb morphology
  • Developmental and functional morphology in living and fossil primates
  • Miocene hominoid morphology and evolution
  • Convergent evolution and morphological integration in the primate skeleton

 

Professional Employment

2014-present 

Reader in Biological Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Conservation, The University of Kent

2013-2014     

Lecturer in Biological Anthropology, School of Anthropology and Conservation, The University of Kent

2013-present  

Researcher, Dept. Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

2009-2013

Junior Researcher, Dept. Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

2008-2009

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. Evolutionary Anthropology and Duke School of Medicine, Duke University

2007-2009

Researcher, Duke Lemur Centre, Duke University

2007-2008

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University

2006

Sessional Instructor, Dept. of Social Sciences, University of Toronto at Scarborough

2006

Sessional Instructor, Dept. of Anthropology, McMaster University

2004-2005

Sessional Instructor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Toronto at Mississauga

 

Grants, Awards and Scholarships

2014-2019

European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant 2013 (€1 622 053)
Principal Investigator, “GRASP, The evolution of the human hand: grasping trees and tools
Grant #336301

2009

American Association of Anatomists Travel Award ($250)

2009

American Association of Anatomists Finalist for Postdoctoral Poster Presentation Award

2007

University of Toronto Doctoral Dissertation Completion Grant ($1200)

2007

University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship, Conference funding ($900)

2006-2007

General Motors Women in Science and Mathematics Award (3800)

2006-2007

University of Toronto Foundation Graduate Award ($600)

2006

University of Toronto Fellowship ($1250)

2006

University of Toronto Fellowship, Research and Conference funding ($1000)

2004-2006

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) ($21 000/yr)

2005-2006

General Motors Women in Science and Mathematics Award ($4000)

2005

University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies Travel Grant ($3000)

2005

University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship, Research/Conference funding ($500)

2002-2004

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) ($21 000/yr)

2004

Baden-Württemberg Research Scholarship ($3200)

2004

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) ($15 000 - declined)

2003

University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship, Research/Conference funding ($500)

2003

University of Toronto International Student Exchange Bursary ($220)

2002

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) ($15 000 - declined)

2002-2006

University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship, Departmental top-up ($1200)

2001

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) ($15 000)

2001

University of Toronto Graduate Fellowship, Departmental top-up ($5000)

 

Teaching Experience

Graduate Course Instructorships
Duke University

  • Human Gross Anatomy (dissection-based), Duke School of Medicine (2008)
  • Oncoanatomy Education (Dept. of Radiation Oncology), Duke School of Medicine (2008-9)
  • Special Topics in Human Anatomy (Ophthalmology and Ob-Gyn) 2008-9
  • Graduate Student Independent Study (2008-9)

Undergraduate Course Instructorships

Duke University

  • Introduction to Biological Anthropology (2008)
  • Human Evolution (2008)
  • Anthropology of the Skeleton (2008)
  • The Human Body (dissection-based) (2007)

University of Toronto

  • The Foundations and Theory of Human Origins (2006)
  • Human Origins (2004-2005)

McMaster University

  • Primate Evolution (2006)
  • The Human Species: Becoming and Being Human (2006)

Mentoring

Undergraduate honours thesis supervised
2008-09 Michael Catalino

"Primate limb conformation: Implications for mechanical energy conservation"

2008-09 Erik Stubberud

"Relative distribution of force across limbs during descent in aye-ayes"

2007-08 Elizabeth Kramer

"Palmar pressure distribution during locomotion of the aye-aye"

Undergraduate honours thesis committee member
2008-09 Kevin Hatala

"Cross-sectional geometry of the subtrochanteric femur"

2008-09 Gail Ukato

"Gender and race difference in osteoarthritis of the knee"

2008-09 Jasmine Swaniker

"Muscle fibre architecture in great apes"

2008-09 Cassandra Kisby

"The anatomy of breathing"

2007-08 Rita Baumgartner

"Why do sifakas gallop?"

2007-08 Anita Pai

"Tuning mechanisms of primate locomotion"

2007-08 April Edwards

"Identifying morphological changes of the aging glenoid labrum on MRIs"

Lab Instructorships
University of Toronto

  • Palaeoanthropology (2005, 2007)
  • Human Evolutionary Anatomy (2003, 2005, 2006)
  • Human Osteology (2004)

Teaching Assistantships
University of Toronto

  • Human Biology and Evolution (2004, 2005-06)
  • Introduction to Anthropology (2003-04)
  • Health, Diet and Disease in the Past (2003)
  • Introduction to Archaeology (2003)

 

Fieldwork Experience

2006

Rudabánya: Hungarian Geological Institute, Budapest, Hungary
Palaeontological excavation of late Miocene locality and Dryopithecus fossil remains with Dr. David Begun (University of Toronto) and Dr. Laszlo Kordos (Geological Museum of Hungary).

2003

Felsõtárkány: Hungarian Geological Institute, Budapest, Hungary
Palaeontological excavation of new middle Miocene locality of Felsõtárkány with Dr. David Begun (University of Toronto) and in collaboration with Drs. Laszlo Kordos (Geological Museum of Hungary) and János Hír (Pásztó Municipal Museum, Pásztó Hungary).

2001

University of Cape Town, South Africa
Collaborative research project in South Africa with Drs Susan Pfeiffer, Judy Sealy and representatives of the Khoisan Indigenous Peoples. Research included the analysis of indigenous southern African skeletal remains from a variety of Later Stone Age sites.

2000

Sterkfontein: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa Palaeontological excavation of Pliocene fossil hominin remains.

1999

Sibudu Cave Shelter: University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa Archaeological excavation of Middle Stone Age site focusing on the origins of early human modernity (ACACIA Fieldschool).

 

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