Postdocs available!

March 3, 2017

The Pierce Lab is looking to hire 1-2 AMAZING postdocs in Evolutionary Vertebrate Anatomy!

If interested, please get in touch with Stephanie ( to discuss your application.

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DDIG take over!

January 16, 2017

Amazing DDIG success in the lab! Both Brianna McHorse and Zach Morris were awarded NSF DDIG funds to support their graduate research. Congratulations!!!!

Brianna McHorse was awared funds by NSF DEB Evolutionary Ecology cluster. Her proposal was titled: Macroevolutionary drivers of digit reduction in fossil horses.

Zach Morris was awarded funds by NSF DEB Phylogenetics Systematics cluster. His proposal was titled: The evolution of crocodylian cranial development.

What a way to start the year!

Undergrad research

January 7, 2017

Congratulations to Abba Parker and Lorena Benitez for presenting their undergraduate research at the 2017 SICB meeting in New Orleans! Abba presented her work on niche partitioning in fossil horses and Lorena discussed the evolution of vertebral morphology in mammals. Well done!


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Katrina fellowship news

December 16, 2016

Massive congratulations to Katrina Jones for being awarded an American Association of Anatomists Postdoctoral Fellowship! Katrina will use her fellowship to continue research in the lab on our synapsid vertebral evolution project. Fantastic!

Welcome to Preprints

October 29, 2016

Recently, Stephanie submitted a new manuscript to PeerJ Preprints*, while the paper is under peer-reveiw. This is the first time the lab has submitted a preprint, but so far it has been a great experince; the manuscript has already been viewed 512x and has been downloaded 98x! Check it out at the following link:

Virtual reconstruction of the brain and sinuses of the early Jurassic marine crocodylomorph Pelagosaurus typus (...

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Blake advances to candidacy!

October 20, 2016

Congratulations to Blake who successfully passed his qualifying exam and advanced to candidacy!

Back from South Afica

October 3, 2016

We're back from a wonderful trip to South Africa! Stephanie and Katrina spent 3 fossil-packed weeks studying and collecting data on synapsids from the Karoo Basin for our NSF funded project: evolution of the mammalian backbone. Collaborator Ken Angielczyk joined us for the second half of the trip and taught us all about dicynodonts. We met lots of wonderful scientists and saw some really amazing...

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ICVM-11 Result!

July 6, 2016

The Pierce Lab just returned from the International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology 11 in Washington DC. It was a fantastic conference with lots of great science, networking, and fun with old (and new) friends and colleagues. Everyone from the lab did an awesome job at presenting their research! We presented two posters (Blake = frog fish fins; Stephanie = salamander muscle physiology) and 7 talks - phew. Here is a quick summary:

Katrina talked about our work on the evolution of mammal-type axial regionalization and Robert discussed the ins-and-outs of cervical vertebral...

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Cat evolution

March 22, 2016

Stephanie is part of a collaborative team which is studying the evolution of felid (cat) functional morphology. The project, which is called 'Walking the cat back', is being led by UCL paleobiologist Dr. Anjali Goswami and is funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

This week, a new paper has been publish by the team: Randau, Goswami, Hutchinson, Cuff, Pierce. 2016....

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