Back in November, echidna specialist extraordinare Sophie Regnault published the first installment of an NSF funded project on mammal forelimb evolution:
Regnault and Pierce (2018). Pectoral girdle and forelimb musculoskeletal function in the echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus): insights into mammalian locomotor evolution. Royal Society Open Science, https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.181400
The work was highlighted in the Harvard Gazette:...
Pierce lab alumna Abba Parker ('17) has published her amazing undergraduate senior thesis! Along with Brianna McHorse, Abba was able to quantitatively show that extinct horses of North America did not partition habitat based on trait state (e.g. body size, digit reduction, tooth crown height). Very proud of both Abba and Brianna on this great piece of research!
Parker, Abigail K., Brianna K. McHorse, and Stephanie E. Pierce. 2018. “...
Congrulations to Sophie for winning 2nd prize at the Harvard Postdoc Symposium! Sophie did an amazing job explaining her science to a very broad audience and her echidna poster was fantastic. Way to go, Sophie!
Very excited to announce that the Pierce lab has activated its second NSF grant! The project is a collaborative effort with Ken Angielczyk at the Field Museum and aims to reconstruct forelimb evolution in Synapsida.
Big congratulations to undergraduate student Sarah Gonzalez for finishing her stellar senior thesis! Sarah dissected and bent the backbones of numerous cats to untangle the relationship between morphology and function. Very proud of her accomplishments! Sarah will return this summer to apply similar techniques to reptiles.
We are very happy to welcome new postdoc - Sophie Regnault - to the lab! Sophie completed her PhD at the Royal Veterinary College, London, with one of Stephanie's mentors, John Hutchinson. Her disseration research examined the evolution, anatomy, and function of sesamoid bones, especially the patella. In the Pierce Lab, Sophie will be examining the evolution and functional morphology of the mammal pectoral limb using lots of cool experimental and digital modeling techniques.
Here is a cool video Sophie made that beautifully demonstrates how the petalla increases the mechanical...