Welcome to my homepage! I am a biological anthropologist and anatomist in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I study modern human morphological variation and evolution by examining archaeological & modern skeletal remains.
My research interests focus on anthropological phenomics. This encompasses: the evolution of variation in body size, shape, & proportions; functional anatomy of the limbs; and asymmetry & morphological integration. I examine these properties in relation to environmental factors, namely climate and subsistence, within the context of population structure.
In my primary work, I study this variation among indigenous humans from the Americas prior to European colonization. Investigating this diversity through time, this research informs us about the morphological traits of ancestral populations and, potentially, the ways in which environments shaped them. Coupled with archaeological data, my research produces a holistic model of human interactions with mosaic landscapes of the Americas and beyond.
I also curate the Department of Anthropology's archaeological human osteology collections, as well as the Oak Ridge pedigreed small primate skeletal collection. Contact me (see below) to inquire about access to these.
Please explore this site using the navigation links above and the quick links to the right. Under PUBLICATIONS are some PDF copies of and all supplemental materials - including high-resolution versions of figures - from my peer-reviewed papers and books. A list of the courses I instruct and related materials (including syllabi) are available under COURSES. Additional links to my research laboratory (the OVAL), my former and current doctoral students, and research projects may be found in the RESEARCH section. You may contact me at:
Dr. Benjamin M. Auerbach
Department of Anthropology
The University of Tennessee
250 South Stadium Hall
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Telephone: (+1) 865-974-4408