Lawrence M. Witmer, PhD
Professor of Anatomy
Chang Professor of Paleontology

Dept. of Biomedical Sciences
Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Life Science Building, Rm 123
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701 USA

Phone: 740 593 9489
Fax: 740 593 2400
Email: witmerL@ohio.edu

 

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Lawrence Witmer, PhD
Professor
1995 – present
email: witmerL@ohio.edu
webpage: University page
Ryan Ridgely, BS
Research Associate
2000 – present
Projects: NSF grant collaborator, µCT & 3D viz guru
email: ridgely@ohio.edu
webpage: University page
Wm. Ruger Porter, BS
Doctoral candidate
2008 – present
Doctoral dissertation project: Physiological and behavioral implications of archosaur vascular systems.
2014 – present: Lecturer in Anatomical Sciences, OU Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
email: wp298308@ohio.edu
webpage: University page
Jason Bourke, BS
Doctoral candidate
2008 – present
Doctoral dissertation project: Nasal cavity shape in dinosaurs and their relatives and its impact on inferences of airflow and physiology based on a novel computational technique.
email: jb513009@ohio.edu
webpage: University page
Ashley Morhardt, MS
Doctoral candidate
2010 – present
Doctoral dissertation project: Gross Anatomical Brain Region Approximation (GABRA): modeling the brains of archosaurs
email: am159410@ohio.edu
webpage: Penchant4Paleo (blog), personal page
Don Cerio, BS
Doctoral candidate
2012 – present
Doctoral dissertation project: The visual apparatus in dinosaurs and their relatives: Defining functional fields-of-view based on anatomy and a novel 3D analytical technique.
email: dc441511@ohio.edu
webpage:
 
Catherine Early, BS
Doctoral candidate
2013 – present
Doctoral dissertation project: TBA
email: ce643812@ohio.edu
 
Shayna Knece, BS
Master's candidate in the OU Patton College of Education
2013 – present
Masters thesis project: TBA.
email: sk272009@ohio.edu
Elsa Heiner
Honors Tutorial College Thesis Researcher
2013 – present
Honors thesis project: Anatomy and evolution of the tongue and hyolingual apparatus in diapsids.
email: eh044510@ohio.edu
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Alexandra Spaw
Honors Tutorial College Thesis Researcher
2012 – 2014
Honors thesis project: Fetal Developmental Anatomy of the Human Cardiovascular and Central Nervous Systems Using Lugol’s Iodine Staining and Micro-Computed Tomography
email: lexie.spaw1@gmail.com
current status: Medical student at the Ohio State University College of Medicine
Eric Snively, PhD
Researcher
2010 – 2013
Projects: Computational modeling of dinosaur head and neck function; Rigid body mechanics of prey capture in large carnivorous dinosaurs
email: esnively@uwlax.edu
webpage: Ohio University page; UW-L page
current status: Assistant Professor, Biology Department, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Cheyenne Romick, BS
Honors undergraduate researcher
2011 – 2013
Honors thesis project: Ontogeny of the brain endocasts of ostriches (Aves: Struthio camelus), with implications for interpreting extinct dinosaur endocasts.
email: cr364909@ohio.edu
Joe Daniel, PhD
PhD Recipient 2012
2004 – 2012
Doctoral dissertation project: Heads and skulls as sediment sorters: an actualistic, CT-based study in taphonomy.
email: jd314704@ohio.edu
webpage: Paleoaerie
current status: Gross Anatomy Instructor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Dave Dufeau, PhD
PhD Recipient 2011
2005 – 2011
Doctoral dissertation project: The evolution of cranial pneumaticity in Archosauria: patterns of paratympanic sinus development
email: dufeaud@missouri.edu
webpage:
http://web.missouri.edu/~dufeaud/
current status:  Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
Amy Martiny, MA
MA recipient 2010
2008 – 2010
Project: sociology of science and medicine, photography and web delivery of WitmerLab cast collection
email: amy.r.martiny@gmail.com
webpages: Chicago Network for Anatomical and Physiological Sciences
current status: Lead Prosector and Medical Anatomist, Anatomical Gift Association of Illinois, Chicago
Tobin Hieronymus, PhD
PhD Recipient 2009
2002 – 2009
Doctoral dissertation project: Osteological correlates of cephalic skin structures in Amniota: documenting the evolution of display and feeding structures with fossil data.
email:: h.tobin@gmail.com
webpage: University page
current status:  Assistant Professor, NEOMed
Kate Burns
High School Intern from Linworth Alternative Program, Columbus, Ohio
2 Feb – 26 Mar 2009
Projects: 3D viz of crow brain & inner ear, painting casts of T. rex, Gorgosaurus, and Diplodocus, specimen curation
email: burns.ktb@gmail.com
current status: Ohio University graduate
Takanobu Tsuihiji, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
2006 – 2008
Projects: Cervicocephalic anatomy of archosaurs, Mongolian dinosaurs
email: taka@kahaku.go.jp
current status: Lecturer, University of Tokyo, Japan
Justin Tickhill, MS
Masters recipient 2007
2004 – 2008
Masters thesis project: The Virtual Pig Head: digital imaging of cephalic anatomy.
email: jt188600@ohio.edu
webpage: Virtual Pig website
current status: Gross Anatomy Instructor, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix AZ,
Casey Holliday, PhD
PhD recipient 2006
2000 – 2006
Doctoral dissertation project: Evolution and function of the jaw musculature and adductor chamber of archosaurs (crocodilians, dinosaurs, and birds).
email: hollidayca@health.missouri.edu
webpage: University page
current status: Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, University of Missouri
Brian Beatty, PhD
PhD student
2002
email: bbeatty@nyit.edu
webpage: The Aquatic Amniote Blog, University page
current status: Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Andy Clifford, PhD
BS Honors 2000; MS recipient 2003
1999 – 2000, 2001 – 2003
Honors thesis project: The narial anatomy of hooded seal (Cystophora cristata) with respect to other Carnivora.
Masters thesis project: Narial novelty in mammals: case studies and rules of construction.
email: Andrew_Clifford@brown.edu
current status: PhD Brown University, currently biology teacher at Commonwealth School, Boston, MA
Pat O'Connor, PhD
PhD recipient 2003 (State University of New York at Stony Brook under C. A. Forster, Witmer committee member)
2000 – 2002 (completed doctoral research in the WitmerLab while serving as an anatomy instructor)
Dissertation title: Pulmonary pneumaticity in extant birds and extinct archosaurs.
email: oconnorp@ohiou.edu
webpage: University page
current status: Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Jayc Sedlmayr, PhD
PhD recipient 2002
1997 – 2002
Dissertation title: Anatomy, evolution, and functional significance of cephalic vasculature in Archosauria.
email: jsedlm@lsuhsc.edu
webpage: University page
current status: Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy, LSU Health Sciences Center
Mike Papp, MS
MS recipient 2000
1996 – 2000
Thesis title: A Critical Appraisal of Buccal Soft-Tissue Anatomy in Ornithischian Dinosaurs
email: ceratopsid@hotmail.com
current status: Project Geologist, AECOM, Hebron, KY
Thomas Carr, PhD
PhD student
1996 – 1997
Projects: tyrannosaur skull structure, analysis of CT data of sauropod dinosaurs
email: tyrannosauroidea@hotmail.com
webpage: Dinosaur Discovery Museum, University page
current status: Associate Professor of Biology, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
   
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