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Department of Anthropology

Academic Staff

Mr Jason Nadell, AA, BA, MPhil

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I am a Ph.D candidate in Anthropology working with Prof. Sarah Elton and Dr. Kris Kovarovic. My thesis is centred on the mechanisms that drive postcranial form in human and non-human primates, with a focus on development and plastic adaptation. In particular, I study the cross-sectional geometry of limb bones to investigate how habitual behaviours influence tissue distribution along the diaphyses. My reseach also incorporates ontogenetic series as a way of determining whether major developmental events, like locomotor transitions, are emitted as physical 'signals' in bone.

I am part of the Primate, Palaeo-morpho, and Evolutionary Anthropology Research Groups here at Durham. Some of my other research interests include skeletal allometry, primate biomechanics, and phenotypic plasticity and canalisation.

Research Interests

  • Primate Behaviour and Locomotion
  • Skeletal Biomechanics
  • Functional Adaptation
  • Bone Growth and Development

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Selected Grants

  • 2015: Wenner-Gren Fieldwork Grant
  • 2014: BABAO Student Grant
  • 2014: RAI Ruggles-Gates Fund