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Curriculum vitae

Matthew Skinner

 

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

E-mail: skinner@eva.mpg.de
Citizenship: Canadian/British

 

Research Interests

  • Taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional implications of fossil hominin dental morphology
  • Developmental basis of tooth crown morphology in primates
  • Evolutionary trends in the dentition of primates
  • Skeletal functional morphology including trabecular bone architecture

Education

2008 Ph.D.

George Washington University, Department of Anthropology
Supervisor: Dr. Bernard Wood
Thesis title: Enamel-dentine junction morphology of extant hominoid and fossil hominin lower molars

2002 Hon. BA.

Simon Fraser University, Department of Archaeology
Thesis title: Age-related changes to the intervertebral discs of the modern human sacrum

 

Professional Appointments

2010-present

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

2008-2010

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships

2005-2007

Selective Excellence Fellowship in Hominid Paleobiology ($23,000/year)

2004

Cotlow Research Grant, Dept Anthropology, George Washington University ($1,600)

2003

Cotlow Research Grant, Dept Anthropology, George Washington University ($2,100)

2002-2004

Graduate Fellowship, George Washington University ($18,000/year)

1999-2001

Open Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship, Simon Fraser University (Tuition funded)

Awards

2007

Albert A. Dahlberg Prize 2007, Dental Anthropology Association ($200)

2001

Chair’s Essay Prize, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University ($150)

2000

Richard P. Brolly Essay Prize, Simon Fraser University ($350)

1999

Chair’s Essay Prize, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University ($150)

 

Teaching Experience

Areas of Expertise

  • Introduction to biological anthropology
  • Human osteology
  • Human and non-human primate evolution
  • Human gross anatomy (dissection-based)
  • Human evolutionary anatomy

Teaching Assistantships

2003

Introduction to Biological Anthropology - George Washington University

2002

Introduction to Biological Anthropology - George Washington University

Graduate Committee Membership

Doctoral thesis committee member
2009-present

Collin N. Moore, MPI-EVA "Postcanine root morphology in panins and hominins"

Mentoring

2009

Training in virtual anthropology and morphometrics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (Student: Katherine E. Schroer, Doctoral candidate, George Washington University, Washington, USA)

2008

Training in virtual anthropology and morphometrics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany (Student: Julia Kobbe, Master’s student, University of Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany)

Invited Talks and Lectures

2010

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany: Guest lecture

2009

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany: Guest lecture

2009

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada: Guest lecture

2005

Institute of Biotechnology, Helsinki, Finland: Guest lecture

2001

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada: Graduate Student Seminar

 

Research Experience

2006-present

Taxonomic and phylogenetic signals in hominin tooth crown morphology: The current focus of this research is on using the morphology of the enamel-dentine junction of hominin teeth, measured through a geometric morphometric methodology, to investigate hominin taxonomy and hominin phylogenetics. Results to date indicate that EDJ morphology is an excellent source of data for not only determining to which species a tooth belongs to but also in confirming the tooth’s position within the dental arcade. Collaborators: Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin, Dr. Fred Spoor (MPI-EVA), Dr. Bernard Wood (George Washington University), Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged (California Academy of Science), Dr. Jacopo Moggi-Cecchi (Università di Firenze), Dr Fred Grine (Stony Brook University), Dr. David Begun (University of Toronto)

2005-present

Application of developmental models of tooth development to primate dentitions: Using recently developed models of tooth growth to interpret morphological variation in extant primate and fossil hominin teeth. Results to date indicate that models of cusp patterning developed on murine teeth are applicable to interpreting cusp patterning in primate teeth. Collaborators: Dr. Jukka Jernvall (Stony Brook University), Dr. Philipp Gunz (MPI-EVA)

2008-present

Understanding the developmental basis of tooth crown morphology: Assessing the relative contribution of early and late processes of dental development to the formation of tooth crown morphology present at the outer enamel surface of primate teeth. Current findings suggest that the majority of crown morphology appears early in the development of the tooth. Collaborators: Dr. Jukka Jernvall (Stony Brook University), Dr. Alistair Evans (Monash University)

2009-present

Trabecular architecture of the primate hand: A comparative investigation of internal bony morphology of the primate hand to assess variation in joint loading patterns and how this reflects differences in positional behaviour. Collaborators: Dr. Tracy Kivell, Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin (Max Planck Institute) and Dr. Richard Lazenby (University of Northern British Columbia)

2003-2006

Hominin life history: A review of the available of life history information in the hominin fossil record and an evaluation of the types of life history information that can be gleaned from fossils. Collaborators: Dr. Bernard Wood (George Washington University)

 

Field/Laboratory Experience

Paleontological/archaeological excavations

2008-2009

Ileret, Kenya - Drs. Meave Leakey and Louise Leakey

2006

Asbole, Ethiopia – Dr. Zeresenay Alemseged

2004

Dmanisi, Republic of Georgia - Dr. David Lordkipanidze

2004

Felsotarkany, Hungary – Dr. David Begun

2001

Geissenklosterle and Hohler Fels, Germany – Dr. Nicolas Conard

2001

Pech de L’Aze IV, France – Dr. Harold Dibble and Dr. Shannon McPherron

Forensic excavations

2002

RCMP Serious Crimes Unit, Port Coquitlam, Canada

2000

United Nations Transitional Administration for East Timor, Dili, East Timor

2001

Forensic Anthropology Field Assistant, Vancouver, Canada

Laboratory

2005

Development of murine teeth, Dr. Jukka Jernvall, University of Helsinki

2003

Dental histology, Dr. Don Reid, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

1997-1998

Archaeology lab technician, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University

 

Professional Service

Reviewer

2007-present Grants reviewed for National Science Foundation, Leakey Foundation
2006-present Manuscripts reviewed for Journal of Human Evolution, Journal of Anatomy, American Journal of Physical Anthropology

Academic Affiliations

  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA)
  • Canadian Association of Physical Anthropology (CAPA)
  • Paleontological Society of South Africa (PSSA)

 

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