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Curriculum Vitae
Myra Frances Laird
Address: 1027 E 57th St, Chicago, IL 60637
Phone Contact: 1-319-325-2460
Email: lairdm@uchicago.edu

Position
2016-Present, Postdoctoral Scholar with Callum Ross, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Education
Ph.D. Physical Anthropology, 2016, New York University
Dissertation: Chewing efficiency in modern humans: adaptation and variation of the masticatory complex, Committee: Susan C. Antón (Advisor), Herman Pontzer, Terry Harrison, Shara Bailey, Callum Ross
M.A. Physical Anthropology, 2012, New York University
Thesis: Biomechanical relationships between chewing efficiency and dental
morphology in modern humans. Advisor: Susan C. Antón
B.S. Cum laude, Anthropology with honors, 2010, University of Iowa
Honors thesis: The influence of lower facial projection on the mandibular curve of Spee in fossil hominins and extant humans. Advisor: Robert G. Franciscus
B.A. Cum laude, Geoscience with honors, 2010, University of Iowa
            Honors thesis: Morphometric Analysis of the Montastraea cavernosa complex in
the Miocene to Recent of the western Caribbean. Advisor: Ann F. Budd

Research Interests
Biomechanics, fossil hominins, functional morphology, feeding, geometric morphometrics, diet evolution, non-human primates

Peer-Reviewed Publications
(In revision) Laird MF, Kozma E, Kwekason A, Harrison T. A new fossil cercopithecid
tibia from Laetoli and its implications for positional behavior and paleoecology in cf. Rhinocolobus and Australopithecus.
(In review) Tryon CA, Lewis JE, Ranhorn KL, Kwekason A, Eckhardt C, Laird MF,
Marean CW, Nivens J, Mabulla A. The Middle/Later Stone Age transition at Kisese II rockshelter (Tanzania) and its relation to modern human dispersals.
(Early view) Laird MF. 2017. Variation in human gape cycle kinematics and occlusal
topography. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.
Hawks J, Elliott M, Schmid P, Churchill SE, de Ruiter DJ, Roberts E, Hilbert-Wolf H,
Garvin HM, Williams SA, Delezene LK, Feuerriegel EM, Randolph-Quinney P, Kivell TL, Laird MF, Tawane G, DeSilva JM, Bailey SE, Brophy JK, Meyer MR, Akinner MM, Tocheri MW, VanSickle C, Walker CS, Cambell TL, Kuhn B, Kruger A, Tucker S, Gurtov A, Hlophe N, Hunter R, Morris H, Peixotto B, Ramalepa M, van Rooyen D, Tsikoane M, Dirks PHM, Berger LR. 2017. New fossil remains of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber, South Africa. eLife, 6, e24232.
Laird MF, Schroeder L, Garvin HM, Scott JE, Dembo M, Radovčić D, Ackermann, RR,
Musiba CM, Schmid P, Hawks J, Berger LR, de Ruiter DJ. 2017. The skull of Homo naledi. Journal of Human Evolution, 104, 100-123.
Schroeder L, Scott JE, Garvin HM, Laird MF, Dembo M, Radovčić D, Berger LR, de
Ruiter DJ, Ackermann, RR. 2017. The skull of Homo naledi part II: morphometric analyses. Journal of Human Evolution, 104, 124-135.
Laird MF, Holton NE, Scott JE, Franciscus RG, Marshall SD, Southard TE. 2016.
Spatial determinants of the mandibular curve of Spee in modern and archaic Homo. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 161, 226-236.
Dembo M, Radovčić D, Garvin HM, Laird MF, Schroeder L, Scott JE, de Ruiter DJ,
Collard, M. 2016. The evolutionary relationships and age of Homo naledi: an assessment using dated Bayesian phylogenetic methods. Journal of Human Evolution, 97, 17-26.
Laird MF, Vogel E, Pontzer H. 2016. Chewing efficiency and dental morphology
in modern humans. Journal of Human Evolution, 93, 1-11. 
Berger LR, J Hawks, DJ de Ruiter, SE Churchill, P Schmid, LK Delezene, TL Kivell,
HM Garvin, SA Williams, JM DeSilva, MM Skinner, CM Musiba, N Cameron, TW Holliday, W Harcourt-Smith, RR Ackermann, M Bastir, B Bogin, D Bolter, J Brophy, ZD Cofran, KA Congdon, AS Deane, M Dembo, M Drapeau, MC Elliott, EM Feuerriegel, D Garcia-Martinez, DJ Green, A Gurtov, JD Irish, A Kruger, MF Laird, D Marchi, MR Meyer, S Nalla, EW Negash, CM Orr, D Radovcic, L Schroeder, JE Scott, Z Throckmorton, MW Tocheri, C VanSickle, CS Walker, P Wei, B Zipfel. 2015. Homo naledi, a new species of the genus Homo from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa. eLife 4, e09560.

Papers in prep
Laird MF, Ross CF, O’Higgins P. A novel approach to analyzing three-dimensional
motion sequences.      
Granatosky MC, Laird MF, Iriarte-Diaz J, McElroy E, Taylor AB, Ross CF. Feeding
and locomotor systems differ in joint excursions in tetrapods.
Laird MF, Crevecoeur I, Lewis J, Mabulla A, Kwekason A, Gidna A,
Tryon C. Human remains from Kisese II rockshelter, Tanzania.

Abstracts
(In review) Laird MF, Granatosky MC, Wall CE, Taylor AB, Ross CF. Quantifying
energy costs in the primate feeding system.
(In review) Wright KA, Rivera A, Wright BW, Fogaca M, Van Castron A, Fragaszy D,
Scott R, Strait DS, Ross CF, Laird MF. How do food material properties affect ingestive behavior?
(In review) Granatosky MC, Laird MF, Alemseged Z, Ross CF. An experimental
approach to the midtarsal break.
(In review) Ross CF, Laird MF, Granatosky MC, Iriarte-Diaz J, Reed D, O’Higgins P.
Determinants of variation in jaw kinematics in primates.
(In review) Anton SC, Stock M, Villamil CI, Laird MF, Williams SA, Higham J. Intra-

demic morphological variation: using the Cayo Santiago macaques to model plasticity in the fossil record.

(In review) Tank A, Granatosky MC, Laird MF, Madden R, Ross CF. The impact of
group assessment on exam score trends in medical gross anatomy.
(Accepted) Laird MF, Granatosky MC, Iriarte-Diaz J, Reed D, O’Higgins P, Ross CF. 2018.
The influence of facial variation on primate chewing cycles. Society of Integrative and 
Comparative Biology.
(Accepted) Granatosky MC, Laird MF, Stilson K, Wall C, Ross CF. 2018. Gait transitions and
energy costs in opossums and capuchins. Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology.
Laird MF, O’Higgins P. 2017. Dynamic chewing: A novel approach to analyzing
three-dimensional motion sequences. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Abstract).
Laird MF, Pontzer H. 2016. Gape cycle kinematic variance and occlusal topography in
            modern humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Abstract).
Schroeder L, Scott JE, Laird MF, Dembo M, Radovčić D, Garvin HM, de Ruiter DJ,
            Ackermann, RR. 2016. The skull of Homo naledi: morphometric analyses. American Journal 
            of Physical Anthropology (Abstract).
de Ruiter DJ, LR Berger, J Hawks, SE Churchill, P Schmid, LK Delezene, TL Kivell,
HM Garvin, SA Williams, JM DeSilva, MM Skinner, CM Musiba, N Cameron, TW Holliday, W Harcourt-Smith, RR Ackermann, M Bastir, B Bogin, D Bolter, J Brophy, ZD Cofran, KA Congdon, AS Deane, M Dembo, M Drapeau, MC Elliott, EM Feuerriegel, D Garcia-Martinez, DJ Green, A Gurtov, JD Irish, A Kruger, MF Laird, D Marchi, MR Meyer, S Nalla, EW Negash, CM Orr, D Radovcic, L Schroeder, JE Scott, Z Throckmorton, MW Tocheri, C VanSickle, CS Walker, P Wei, B Zipfel. Homo naledi: a new species of hominin from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa. Paleoanthropology Society (Abstract).
Laird MF. 2015. Chewing efficiency optimality and diet in modern humans.
Paleoecology Symposium, Cleveland. (Abstract)
Lewis JE, Tryon C, Laird MF, Mabulla A, Kwekason A, Gidna A, Marean C, Marean C.
2015. Renewed investigation the Late Pleistocene-Holocene archaeological and paleoenvironmental sequence from Kisese II rockshelter, Tanzania. East African Association of Paleoanthropology and Paleontology (Abstract).
Tryon C, Lewis J, Laird MF, Mabulla A, Kwekason A, Gidna A, Marean C,
Marean C. 2015. Renewed investigation the Late Pleistocene-Holocene archaeological and paleoenvironmental sequence from Kisese II rockshelter, Tanzania. Paleoanthropology (Abstract).
Laird MF, Pontzer H, Vogel E. 2015. Variation and predictability of food
material properties from chewing efficiency and occlusal morphology. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Abstract).
Laird MF, Harrison T, Zhou S, Kozma E, Kwekason A, Su DF. 2014. Morphometric
and functional analyses of a new colobine tibia from Laetoli, Tanzania. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Abstract).
Tryon C, Faith JT, Peppe D, Blegen N, Beverly E, Patterson D, Jacobs Z, Joannes-Boyau
R, Fox D, Nightingale S, Laird MF, Jenkins K, Johnson CR, Garrett N. 2013. Pleistocene archaeology and paleoenvironments of the Lake Victoria basin in Kenya. Paleoanthropology (Abstract)
Laird MF, Pontzer H. 2013. Occlusal surfaces and chewing efficiency in
modern humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (Abstract).
Laird MF, Pontzer H. 2012. Biomechanical relationships between chewing
efficiency and dental morphology in modern humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 147:188 (Abstract).
Laird MF, Holton NE, Scott JE, Franciscus RG, Marshall SD, Southard TE. 
2011. Variation in the mandibular curve of Spee in fossil Homo and extant populations.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 144:194-195 (Abstract).
Laird MF, Holton NE, Scott JE, Franciscus RG, Marshall SD, Southard TE. 
2010.  The influence of lower facial projection on the mandibular curve of Spee in extant humans.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 141:98. (Abstract)
Scott JE, Holton NE, Laird MF, Franciscus RG, Marshall SD, Southard TE. 
2010.  Spatial determinants of chin prominence in extant modern humans.  American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 141:211. (Abstract)
Adrain TS, Majewski D, Laird MF, Beck B.  2010.  Preserving 150 years of fossil
collecting at the University of Iowa Paleontology Repository.  Geological Society of America Abstracts with Program. (Abstract)
Laird MF, Budd AF.  2009.  Morphometric analysis of the Montastraea cavernosa
complex in the Miocene to recent of the western Caribbean. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Program 41:16. (Abstract)

Current field project
2014-Current, Kisese II Field Project, Tanzania-with Christian Tryon, Jason Lewis, Amandus Kwekason, Audax Mabulla, Agnes Gidna, Rhonda Quinn.
Kisese II is a rockshelter site in Northern Tanzania dating to the late Pleistocene-early Holocene. Currently, we are reanalyzing materials excavated in the 1950s. I am leading research on the human remains from the site.

Past field and lab experience
2016-Present   University of Chicago-XROMM, CT, and surgical training
2016                Respirometry training, Wall Lab, Duke University
2016                Bones and Behavior project-Caribbean Primate Research Center
2016                University of Witwatersrand, South Africa-Homo naledi collections
2015                National Museums of Kenya-Kisese II human remains analyses
2014                National Museum of Tanzania-Kisese II human remains analyses
2014                Eyasi Plateau Paleontology Field Project
2014                National Museum of Tanzania-Hominin data collection
2014                Rising Star Workshop, South Africa
2013                National Museum of Tanzania-Mary Leakey Laetoli Collections
2012                Human Gross Anatomy, New York University Medical School
2011                NYCEP internship-Biomechanics with Herman Pontzer
2011                Rusinga Island, Kenya paleoanthropology project
2007-2010       University of Iowa Paleontology Repository-Research Assistant
2009                Cleveland Museum of Natural History Hamann-Todd Collection
2008                University of Iowa Petrography Lab
2007                Bureau of Archaeology in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Teaching
The Human Body-Fall 2016, 2017
            -Cadaver-based gross anatomy, University of Chicago, Postdoctoral Instructor
            -Lead lecturer for the upper limb unit, heart development, posterior mediastinum
Human Evolution-Summer 2015
            Undergraduate course, New York University, Instructor
Human Osteology and Odontology-Fall 2014
            -Graduate course, New York University, Course Assistant for Susan Antón
Human Origins-Spring 2014, Spring 2015
-Undergraduate course, New York University, Teaching Assistant for Scott Williams and Todd Disotell
Volcanic Eruptions in Human Prehistory-Fall 2013
-Undergraduate course, New York University, Instructor
Human Species-Fall 2013
-Undergraduate course, Hunter College, Teaching Assistant for Herman
Pontzer
Interpreting Human Skeletal Biology-Spring 2013
-Graduate course, New York University, Course Assistant for Scott Williams
            -Guest lecture on geometric morphometrics
Human Evolution-Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012
-Undergraduate course, New York University, Teaching Assistant for Susan
Antón, Shara Bailey, Terry Harrison
Human Osteology-Fall 2009
-Undergraduate course, University of Iowa, Course Assistant for Robert
Franciscus

Research Grants/Fellowships
$200                AAPA COD Travel Grant, 2017
$28,000           NYU Dean’s Dissertation Write-up Fellowship, 2015-2016
$500                AAPA Pollitzer Award, 2015
$2500              NYU Cliff Jolly Award, 2014
$1500              NYU Ranieri Fund, 2014
$2000              NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science Predoctoral fellowship, 2013
$500                NYU Graduate School of Arts and Science Travel Award, 2012
$500                Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates/Office of the Vice President of Research Travel Grant, 2010
$300                UIowa Dewey Stuit Fund, 2009
$500                UIowa Executive Council of Graduate and Professional Students, 2009
$2500              Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates, 2009-2010
$2995              Iowa research experience for undergraduates, 2008

Invited Talks
University of Iowa, Department of Anthropology, 2016-Biomechanical and spatial
approaches to interpreting diet in fossil hominins.
Stony Brook University, Department of Anatomy, 2016-Interpreting dietary changes
            from chewing biomechanics in extant and fossil hominins.
National Museums of Kenya, Earth Sciences department seminar, 2015-Chewing
efficiency and human evolution.

Reviewer
American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Anatomical Record, Paleoanthropology, Journal of Human Evolution, Journal of Biomechanics, American Association of Physical Anthropology (AAPA)-Undergraduate symposium abstracts

Service
2017-Present   Chair-AAPA auction committee
2013-Present   AAPA auction committee
2013-2014       Program Editor-American Association of Physical Anthropologists.
2011, 2015      New York University-anthropology undergraduate student association graduate school discussant.
2011                New York University physical anthropology job search-Student committee co-chair.
2007-2009       University of Iowa Department of Geoscience Public Outreach.
2009-2010       University of Iowa Paleontology Repository Educational Outreach.           
2009-2010       Army Corps of Engineers Devonian Fossil Gorge Tour Guide.
2009                University of Iowa Natural History Museum-fossil identification.

Memberships
American Association of Physical Anthropologists
American Association of Anatomists
Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology
Paleoanthropology Society

Honors
2016                Ernest Hooton prize, American Association of Physical Anthropology
2016-present   Research associate, University of Witwatersrand
2014-2016       Honorary Reader, University of Witwatersrand
2011, 2012      National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship-Honorable Mention
2010                University of Iowa Sanxay Prize, College of Arts and Sciences
2010                Phi Beta Kappa
2010                Matt Blanche Memorial Scholarship, University of Iowa Geoscience Department
2010                Bill Vosper Award, University of Iowa Geoscience Department
2010                WA Tarr Award, University of Iowa Geoscience Department
2010                University of Iowa 2010 Collegiate Scholar
2009-2010       University of Iowa Department of Geoscience Undergraduate Representative
2008                University of Iowa Honors Commendation
2007                University of Iowa Homecoming Scholarship
2006                Iowa Bar Association Citizenship Award