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 associate professor 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 and Australian marsupials. My work focuses on morphological variation, including: the evolution of trait complexes; variation in body size, form, & proportions; functional anatomy; asymmetry; & morphological integration. I examine these properties in relation to environmental factors, namely climate, biomechanics, and subsistence, within the context of quantitative evolutionary models of population structure & natural selection.
I have also extensively studied variation among indigenous humans who lived in 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.
In addition to research, I 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 (under my name) 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 & current graduate students, and research projects may be found in the RESEARCH section. You may contact me by mail, email, or phone:
Dr. Benjamin M. Auerbach
Department of Anthropology
The University of Tennessee
1621 Cumberland Avenue
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
Telephone: (+1) 865-974-4408