Skip Navigation

2021-22 Provost's Lecture Series

Lecture Series Guidelines                         View the YouTube Playlist

October 25: Joan T. Richtsmeier

Morphology as Mechanism
Charles B. Wang Center, Lecture Hall 2
Monday, October 25, 2021
4:00 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Joan T. RichtsmeierJoan T. Richtsmeier is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the Pennsylvania State University. She trained first as an archaeologist at Northwestern University but became fascinated with the human skull and focused her PhD research on understanding skull growth and evolution.

Richtsmeier’s current work joins developmental and evolutionary biology, integrating the study of mouse models carrying known genetic variants with understanding disease process and the biological basis of patterns of evolutionary change. Her work combines advances in 3D imaging, developmental biology, and morphometrics to further the understanding of a group of craniofacial disorders known collectively as craniosynostosis. She will talk about our shifting understanding of craniofacial evolution and development in the context of studying disease process, the people who have influenced her work, and how morphometric methods can be used to identify cellular or tissue level contributions to changes in morphology.

Free and Open to the Public.
Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Ecology and Evolution


For more information, please email