Title — Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Adjunct Instructor of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology
Research Associate, Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology
Office — 2114 G St. 301
Lab: Lisner Hall 130
Phone — (202) 994-4245
Lab: (202) 994-4510
E-mail — firstname.lastname@example.org
Areas of Expertise —
Skeletal and dental development and microscopic anatomy; evolution of primate life histories.
Dr. McFarlin conducts research on skeletal and dental development and microscopic anatomy, with a particular interest in its significance for revealing aspects of the growth and development, skeletal function, and environments of primates. A major focus of her current research is on primates of known life history, to examine the manner in which specific life events and environmental factors impact the developing microanatomy of bones and teeth. One goal of this work is to expand available methods for investigating the life history and behavior of humans and other primates from their fossilized remains, as well as the environmental context of their evolution.
- Comparative studies of the development of bone microscopic structure and its relationship to life history and skeletal function in humans and other primates.
- Collaborative research on life history and hard tissue microanatomy in mountain gorillas from the Virunga Volcanoes region of Rwanda, with an emphasis on understanding the effects of stress, disease and environmental factors on their growth, development, and lifetime health and well-being. With collaborators from the Rwandan Office of Tourism and National Parks, the New York University College of Dentistry, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project.
For more on Dr. McFarlin's research, visit her laboratory website.
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Ph.D. 2006, CUNY Graduate Center
M.Phil. 2001, CUNY Graduate Center
B.A. 1996, Georgia State University
Dr. McFarlin is a biological anthropologist with expertise in mineralized tissue histology.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
2012 McFarlin S.C., S.K. Barks, M.W. Tocheri, T.G. Bromage, K.A. Fawcett, P.R. Hof, A. Mudakikwa, M.R. Cranfield, C.C. Sherwood. "Early brain growth cessation in Virunga mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei)," American Journal of Primatology. Published online December 3.
2009 Bromage T.G., R.S. Lacruz, R. Hogg, H.M. Goldman, S.C. McFarlin, J. Warshaw, W. Dirks, A. Perez Ochoa, I. Smolyar and A. Boyde. "Lamellar bone is an incremental tissue reconciling enamel rhythms, body size, and organismal life history," Calcified Tissue International 84:388-404.
2008 Goldman, H.M., McFarlin S.C., Cooper D.M.L., Thomas C.D.L., Clement J.G. "Ontogenetic patterning of cortical bone microstructure and geometry at the human mid-shaft femur," Anatomical Record 292(1): 48-64.
2008 McFarlin, S.C., C.J. Terranova, A.L. Zihlman, D.H. Enlow, T.G. Bromage. "Regional variability in secondary remodeling within long bone cortices of catarrhine primates: The influence of bone growth history," Journal of Anatomy 213(3): 308-324.
2003 Bromage, T.G., H.M. Goldman, S.C. McFarlin, J. Warshaw, C.M. Riggs, A. Boyde. "Circularly polarized light standards for investigations of collagen fiber orientation in bone," The Anatomical Record 2748: 157-168.
Anth 1001 (old 001): Biological Anthropology
Anth 3401 (141): Human Functional Anatomy
Anth 6213 (213): Human Microscopic Anatomy
Anth 6404: Evolution of Primate Life Histories
Anat 6210 (210): Gross Anatomy