Melissa Tallman

Melisssa Tallman picture with monkeys on shoulders

Associate Professor

Email 
tallmame@gvsu.edu

Office 
223 Padnos Hall

Phone 
616-331-3603

Office Hours 

M: 4-6:30p; T: 3-4p & 4:30-6p (WISE)

COURSES TAUGHT

BMS 208 - Human Anatomy
BMS 309 - Human Anatomy Lab

EDUCATION

Postdoctoral Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History, 2010-2012
Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, Graduate Center, CUNY, 2010
M.Phil, Department of Anthropology, Graduate Center, CUNY, 2006
B.A., Department of Anthropology, George Washington University, 2002

RESEARCH INTERESTS

I’m broadly interested in the evolution of locomotor diversity in primates.  My research uses three-dimensional geometric morphometrics (analysis of shape in three dimensions) to examine patterns of postcranial variation in the forelimb and hindlimb of human ancestors.  I am using this data to investigate the underlying processes that drive shape variation in the postcranial skeleton of primate (e.g., patterns of integration/modularity, potential ontogenetic shifts, functional constraints) and the environmental factors that could have been instrumental in past selective events.   Students working with me have the opportunity to either dissect primate cadavers and collect data on patterns of musculature in living primates or to collect three dimensional data using computer rendered models of bony material.