Dr Cara Wall-Scheffler

May 15, 2016

Heterochrony Project

Filed under: Students — wallscheffler @ 22:49

Heterochrony is the study of differential timing of development, particularly from an evolutionary perspective. I have a group of students working on this project in order to better understand how slowing development might play a role in island dwarfism. Recently my students won an award for best oral presentation at a regional research conference. With my collaborator Dr Eric Long (far left), the students are (from left) Brendan McMillen, Karissa Courtney, and Julia Lippert. Trevor Hildebrand is not pictured here.

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July 15, 2014

Erin Apple

Filed under: Past Students — wallscheffler @ 22:34

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Erin has focused in on the thermoregulatory challenges women face during different types of locomotor challenges.  Specifically, she has been investigating how females maintain heat balance during various bouts of (heat perturbing) walking and running; she has additionally clued in to variations in temperature maintenance at different parts of the menstrual cycle.

Erin’s work is done in collaboration with Quinton Ouellette and Kindra Fish.

Rebecca Pedersen

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Becca Pedersen

Becca is working on a series of studies using dental cementum analysis to understand population dynamics of extinct and extant populations of ungulates.  Of particular interest is her work on the Ammotragus lervia remains from Taforalt Cave as part of the ongoing Moroccan Caves research project. She is also actively investigating the possibility of developmental heterochrony in causing the dwarfism of deer populations on Blakely Island.

Kindra Fish

Filed under: Past Students, Post-Bac Researchers — wallscheffler @ 22:08

Kindra as CheetahKindra has focused in on the thermoregulatory challenges women face in different parts of their menstrual cycle.  She has been investigating how females maintain heat balance during small amounts of (heat perturbing) walking and running.

Kindra’s work is done in collaboration with Quinton Ouellette and Erin Apple.

Claire Nieman

Filed under: Past Students — wallscheffler @ 22:03

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Claire investigated the possibility that survival from cardiac arrest might depend upon the sex/gender of the person administering CPR. During her project she uncovered a series of interesting implications for how cardiovascular studies are done, particularly those done in “artificial” circumstances.

She will begin her career as a labor and delivery nurse  Autumn 2014.

Quinton Ouellette

Filed under: Students — wallscheffler @ 21:56

Meerkat StudentsQuinton has been working on data which investigate female locomotor themoregulation.  He has particularly focused in on the changes in skin temperature at varying proximities to the core following bouts of differing locomotor intensity.

His work is done in collaboration with Kindra Fish and Erin Apple. Their work has been presented at the Erickson Research Conference.

Maya Kurita

Filed under: Students — wallscheffler @ 17:34

IMG_3627Maya is currently investigating the biomechanical differences between men and women while walking on inclines.

September 18, 2013

Carmen Hove

Filed under: Past Students, Post-Bac Researchers — wallscheffler @ 21:16

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After spending a few years analyzing the role gender plays in humor, Carmen (right) also collected data on the physiology of walking on inclines.  The data were published in ICB. Carmen is currently doing her graduate work with Aaron Blackwell at UCSB.

August 3, 2012

Emilie Wagler

Filed under: Past Students — wallscheffler @ 21:39

Emilie and Janelle Wagnild presenting at the AAPA meetings in Portland, OR, April 2012

Emilie is investigating how we can use information from footprints to gain insight into the behavior and morphology of human populations.  Her work showed that speed and burden, in addition to body size, are important factors in footprint formation. Emilie’s work was published in PLOS ONE.

Joseph Rathkey

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Joe presenting at the AAPA Meetings in Portland, April, 2012

Joe has been investigating various components of human running, both energetic and mechanical.  He is the first person to detect a pattern in human gait that might offer some clues as to why people have an optimal running speed and he has also been looking into how closely people’s energetic optimum corresponds with their preferred running speed. Joe is currently working on his MDPhD at Case Western.

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