I am a doctoral student in the joint program held by the Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and the Faculty of Biology, Leipzig University. My interests broadly include understanding and reconstructing hominin adaptations from a dental perspective considering the complex interaction of biology, behavior, and environment.
My dissertation research involves the use of computed tomographic imaging methods, morphological characterization and metric quantification of the premolar tooth roots in living non-human apes and South African Plio-Pleistocene hominins. The anatomy of premolar root and canal structure is used to address (1) inter- and intra-species variability, (2) questions related to currently held taxonomic affiliations, and (3) developmental differences. Commonly, tooth roots are well protected within the jaws but are rarely examined due to imagine limitation; in contrast, routinely analyzed enamel crowns may be damaged beyond use, precluding large sample sizes and rendering examination problematic. Therefore, by focusing on root, and particularly canal morphology, new characters can be gained for understanding the systematic relationships in the hominoid clade.
Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6