Lauren A. Gonzales
Anthropology, Paleontology, functional morphology
Within the field of biological/evolutionary anthropology, my primary research interests focus on the evolution of primate sensory systems and what key changes in sensory anatomy can tell us about primate and anthropoid evolution. My dissertation research has documented intraspecific and interspecific variation in the anatomy of the semicircular canals that is associated functionally with locomotion in order to elucidate the roles of selection and constraints influencing inner ear structure.
I have also spent much time working at field sites in Egypt, Patagonia, Peru and West Texas, sites which range from the late Eocene to middle Miocene and provide a fossil record that allows us to document the diversification of early primates.
I grew up on the great plains of central Oklahoma and received a BS in Forensic Science at Baylor University in Texas, and a MS in Biological Anthropology at New Mexico State University. I recently received my PhD at Duke University under Richard Kay and am currently a postdoctoral researcher with Jonathan Bloch and David Blackburn at the Florida Museum of Natural History.
In my spare time you can find me 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.
Florida Museum of Natural History
Department of Vertebrate Paleontology
Gainesville, FL 32611 USA