Lauren A. Gonzales
Anthropology, Paleontology, Functional Morphology
The overarching goal of my research program is to understand how key changes in primate sensory anatomy have influenced primate and anthropoid evolution. My approach uses comparative anatomy and ecology of living animals as a reference to reconstruct the functional and adaptive implications of anatomical and behavioral changes in extinct species. Currently, this work centers on two primary areas of study: the semicircular canals of the inner ear and the evolution of the brain.
I am also an avid field paleontologist and have developed a field research focus aimed at recovering an early fossil record for tropical South American and renewing excavations for Middle Miocene fossil sites on Maboko Island, Kenya.
I grew up in central Oklahoma and received a BS in Forensic Science at Baylor University in Texas, and a MA in Biological Anthropology at New Mexico State University. I recently received my PhD at Duke University under Richard Kay and am currently a an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine Greenville.
Most of my spare time is spent outdoors, hiking and camping with my husband and two insanely cute dogs, and crawling up and down outcrops in search of fossils.
Lauren A. Gonzales, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Biomedical Sciences
University of South Carolina
School of Medicine Greenville
Greenville, SC 29605 USA