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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

2009-present

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

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)

 

Research Experience

2007-present

Collaboration with Dr. Roshna Wunderlich (James Madison University) and Dr. Daniel Schmitt (Duke University) investigating the biomechanics of the fore- and hind limbs in aye-aye locomotion.

2004

Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
Preliminary doctoral research with Drs. Wolfgang Maier and Marcelo Sanchéz-Villagra in histological sectioning of the primate carpus. Part of Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Student Exchange program.

2000-2001

Research Assistant, University of Toronto
Assisted Drs. Susan Pfeiffer and Jay Stock with analysis of skeletal robusticity in southern African hunter-gatherer postcranial remains.

 

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).

 

Media

2009 The Daily Planet on Discovery Channel, Canada: "The World is Just Awesome Week," Episode 13, September 14th, "Unraveling the secrets behind these not-so-cute creatures".
2009 New Scientist by Bob Holmes, August 12th, "Humans may have learned to walk in trees".
2009 Science News by Bruce Bower, August 10th, "Humanity's upright gait may have roots in trees".
2009

The Daily Planet on Discovery Channel, Canada (July, 2009) "Aye-aye locomotion"

2009

The Chronicle, Duke University (February 2nd, 2009; Issue 90, pp. 4) "Lemur Center sheds light on movement and health"

 

Professional Service

Academic Advising
2008-2009 Pre-major academic advisor, Trinity College, Duke University
2007-2009 Major academic advisor, Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

Committees
2009-2012 Membership Committee, American Association of Anatomists
2008-2009 Chair of Teaching collection committee, Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University
2007-2009 Curriculum committee, Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University

Reviewer
2007-present Grants reviewed for Sigma Delta Epsilon/Graduate Women in Science Award
2009-present Manuscripts reviewed for Journal of Human Evolution, Journal of Anatomy, Anatomical Sciences Education

Mentoring
2006-2007 Anthropology Graduate Students Union, University of Toronto
2006 Let's Talk Science, University of Toronto
2004-2005 Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology

 

Areas of Teaching Expertise

  • Human gross anatomy (dissection-based)
  • Human osteology
  • Human evolution
  • Primate evolution
  • Human evolutionary anatomy
  • Introduction to biological anthropology

 

Academic Affiliations

  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPAs)
  • Canadian Association of Physical Anthroplogy (CAPA)
  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
  • American Association of Anatomists (AAA), member and volunteer
  • International Primatological Society
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society

 

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