Publications and Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION

2015   

Ph.D.  Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University  (Advisor: Richard F. Kay) Thesis: Intraspecific variation in semicircular canal morphology in primates and its implication towards locomotor evolution.

2009                 

M.A.  Biological Anthropology, New Mexico State University (Advisor: Brenda B. Benefit). Thesis: An Assessment of the endocranial morphology of Victoriapithecus macinnesi.          

2006 

B.S.  Forensic Science, Baylor University (Minors: Biology, Anthropology)


PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

2015-Present  

Postdoctoral Researcher. Joint appointment between Duke University, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology and the University of Florida, Natural History Museum. PIs: Doug Boyer, Jonathan Block and David Blackburn.


PUBLICATIONS

Boyer, D.M., Kirk, E.C., Silcox, M.T., Gunnell, G.F., Gilbert, C.C.,Yapuncich, G.S., Allen, K.L., Welch, W., Bloch, J.I., Gonzales, L.A., Kay, R.F., Seiffert, E.R. (in press) Internal carotid arterial canal size and scaling in Euarchonta: re-assessing implications for arterial patency and phylogenetic relationships in early fossil primates. Journal of Human Evolution.

Gonzales, L.A., Benefit, B.R., McCrossin, M.L., Spoor, F. 2015. Cerebral complexity preceded enlarged brain size and reduced olfactory bulbs in Old World monkeys. Nature Communications 6.

Allen, K.L., Cook, S.B., Gonzales, L.A., Kay, R.F. 2015. Evaluation of upper molar occlusal morphology for dietary inference in mid- to large-bodied Platyrrhini (Primates). PLoS ONE 10(3): e0118732. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118732

Schirtzinger, E.E., Tavares, E.S., Gonzales, L.A., Eberhard, J.R., Miyaji, C.Y., Sanchez, J.J., Hernandez, A., Mueller, H., Graves, G.R., Fleischer, R.C., Wright, T.F. 2012. Multiple independent origins of mitochondrial control region duplications in the order Psittaciformes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 64(2):342-356.



PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS AND CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Gonzales, L.A., Malinzak, M.D., & Kay, R.F. 2016. The influence of brain size on canal radius of curvature. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 159 (S62): 157-158.

Gonzales, L.A., Malinzak, M.D., & Kay, R.F. 2015. Intraspecific Semicircular Canal Variance—A Missing Element in Adaptive Scenarios? American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 156 (S60): 149-150.

Gonzales, L.A., Benefit, B.R., McCrossin, M.L., Spoor, F. 2014. New perspectives on cercopithecid brain evolution based on microCT scans of the Victoriapithecuscranium. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 153(S58): 127.

Gonzales, L.A., Malinzak, M.D., Kay, R.F. 2013. Semicircular canal morphology as a predictor of platyrrhine locomotor behavior. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 150(S56): 133.

Gonzales, L.A. & Cooke, S.B. 2012. Trigonid Talonid height and dental shearing in a sample of eurprimates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 147 (S54): 153.

Allen, K.L., Gonzales, L.A., Cooke, S.B., Kay, R.F. 2011. Evaluation of upper molar occlusal morphology for dietary inference in mid- to large-bodied Platyrrhini (Primates). 71st Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Supplement: 91.

Gonzales, L.A., Benefit, B.R., Spoor, F., Morris, P., McCrossin, M.L. 2010. The combination of a Small Brain, Large Olfactory Bulb, and High Visual Acuity in the Stem middle Miocene Cercopithecoid, Victoriapithecus macinnesi, American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 142(3): 112-113.

Gonzales, L.A., Spoor, F., Morris, P., and Benefit, B. 2009. The Internal Basicranial Morphology of Victoriapithecus macinnesi. American Journal of Physical Anthropology vol. 137 ( S48): 203.

McCrossin, M.L., Benefit, B.R., Gonzales, L.A. 2008. Identification of an Entepicondylar Foramen on the Humerus of an East African Miocene Catarrhine. American Journal of Physical Anthropology Vol. 135 (S48):152.



AWARDS, HONORS, AND GRANTS

National Geographic Waitt Grant ($15,000.00)

LSB Leakey Research Grant ($13,500.00)

Duke Mentorship Award ($700.00)

Duke Summer Research Fellowship ($5,500.00)

Graduate School Dissertation Research and Travel Award ($3,000.00)

Baylor President’s Scholarship



INVITED TALKS

2016               

Universidad de Piura, Peru. Talk title: Recent paleontological surveys in the Amazonian river basins of Peru.


DEPARTMENTAL TALKS

2015               

Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University. Talk title: Intraspecific variation in semicircular canal morphology in primates and its implication towards locomotor evolution.

2012               

Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University. Talk title: Trigonid talonid height and dental shearing in Platyrrhine monkeys.



TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND MENTORSHIPS

2016               

Honors Thesis Committee Member – Claire Carney, Duke University. Project: Reconstructing the Past: The Dental Topography of Miocene Catarrhines.

Student Mentee (field work and lab research) - Miguel Ortega Villar, Universidad de Piura, Peru. Project:  FESD - Amazon Andes field expeditions.

Student Mentee (field work and lab research) - Luis Angel Valdiva, Universidad de Piura, Peru. Project:  FESD - Amazon Andes field expeditions.

2014-2015      

Student Mentee (Independent research) – Crystal Terry, Duke University. Project: Testing new 3D approaches to analyzing semicircular canal variation.

2013-2014      

Student Mentee (Independent research) – Christine Fantauzzi, Duke University. Project: Growth rates of semicircular canals and the vestibulo-ocular reflex in an ontogenetic sample.


2010-2015       Teaching Assistant, Duke University, Evolutionary Anthropology

                          EVANTH 730: Medical Gross Anatomy

                          EVANTH 344L: Primate Field Biology

                          EVANTH 333L: Human Body

                          EVANTH 300: Human Cultural Evolution

                          EVANTH 230: Bodies of Evidence

                          EVANTH 93L: Introduction to Anthropology

 

2006-2008     Teaching Assistant, New Mexico State University, Anthropology

                        ANTH 130L: Introduction to Anthropology

                        ANTH 355: Physical Anthropology


2006-2008     Research Assistant, New Mexico State University, Biology

                        PI: Tim Wright



FIELD WORK AND COLLABORATIONS

2016   

Big Horn and Bridger Basin deposits, Wyoming. PIs: Jonathan Block and Doug Boyer. Surface collection and screen washing for primate and mammalian fossils from the Willwood formation, Late Paleocene – Early Eocene.

2014-2016

              FESD - Amazon Andes field expeditions, Peru. PIs: Paul Baker, Catherine Rigsby, Sheri Fritz,                    Richard Kay, etc. Exploration and surface collection of fossiliferous sites along the Amazon. 

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2013-2014      

              Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington DC.

2013               

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany. Reconstruction of an endocast for the 15ma Old World monkey skull, Victoriapithecus macinnesi from higher resolution CT scans.            

Patagonia Fossil Localities, Argentina. PI: Richard Kay, Sergio Vizcaino, and Susana Bargo. Surface collected primate and mammalian fossils from the Rio Santa Cruz Formation. Middle Miocene.

 2012               

Fayum Depression, Egypt. PI: Eric Seiffert and Gregg Gunnell. Excavated and surface collected primate and mammalian fossils from several localities in the Fayum depression of northern Egypt. Late Eocene, early Oligocene.

 2011, 2014   

Dalquest Research Site, West Texas. PI: Chris Kirk. Surface collected primate and mammalian fossils from the Devil’s Graveyard Formation. Early Eocene.

2009               

Primate Behavior and Ecology Belize Field School, NMSU. PI: Brenda Benefit. Conducted independent research on behavioral patterns of Alouatta pigra and Ateles geoffroyi.

2008               

University College London (UCL), London.

American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.

 


OUTREACH

2016               

FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science): Discovering Primate Diversity. Workshop designed to teach 4-5th grade girls about the diversity in our closest living relatives, the primates, and to talk about behavioral and morphological features that distinguish this group from other animals.

2015               

Darwin Day: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Helped to run educational booths for the department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke. Booths were aimed at teaching the general public about the evolutionary history of primates and incorporated casts of fossil and living primates.            

Paleopalooza: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Helped to run educational booths for the department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke. Booths were aimed at teaching the general public about the evolutionary history of primates and incorporated casts of fossil and living primates.

2014               

Stones and Bones: Human Evolution and the Fossil Record. An interactive talk with 5th and 6th grade students at the Duke School in Durham, NC. This talk was given in collaboration with the Leakey Foundation as part of their Leakey Learning Expeditions, a series designed to promote face-to-face interactions between students and scientists.

Deciphering Our Evolutionary Origins: Anthropology in Action. An interactive talk with 11th and 12th grade students at the School of Math and Science in Durham, NC. This talk was given in collaboration with the Leakey Foundation as part of their Leakey Learning Expeditions.

2012-2013      

Science Under the Stars: Organized and ran educational booths for the department of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke. Booths were aimed at teaching elementary and middle school aged children the fundamentals of biological anthropology, from behavior to anatomy.

2007-2009      

Designed and taught forensic anthropology labs for public outreach programs through the NMSU University Museum.

2007-2008      

Volunteer for Saturday morning children’s workshops at the NMSU University Museum. Each workshop was designed to teach children about the museums exhibits.



PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology