ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ANTHROPOLOGY

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE - KNOXVILLE
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Dr. Auerbach is on sabbatical until January 2018.
Welcome to my homepage! I am a biological anthropologist and anatomist in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I am also an adjunct in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I study morphological variation and evolution by examining archaeological & modern skeletal remains.

My research interests focus on the application of quantitative genetics and functional anatomy to understand the evolution of traits in mammals, especially primates. Much of my work concerns modern human morphological variation, including: the evolution of variation in body size, form, & proportions; functional anatomy; asymmetry; & morphological integration. I examine these properties in relation to environmental factors, namely climate and subsistence, within the context of quantitative evolutionary models of population structure & natural selection. Read more about my research and the research of my doctoral students at my lab's associated blog, The OVAL Window.

I have also extensively studied variation among indigenous humans from the Americas prior to European colonization. That research used morphological traits of ancestral populations to build an understanding of the ways in which environments shaped humans. Coupled with archaeological data, I have sought holistic models of human interactions with the mosaic landscapes of the Americas and beyond.

I also curate the Department of Anthropology's Oak Ridge pedigreed small primate skeletal collection (tamarin and marmoset skeletons). 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
E-mail: auerbach@utk.edu
Telephone: (+1) 865-974-4408
QUICK LINKS

Information for prospective doctoral students

Goldman Osteometric Data Set
William W. Howells Craniometric Data Set
COMING SPRING 2017: Americas Osteometric Data Set

Dr. Auerbach's Curriculum Vitae

The OVAL Window Science Blog
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