Anna J. Ragni
I am postdoctoral researcher at California State University, Los Angeles. I earned my PhD in Comparative Biology at the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History where I studied locomotor ontogeny and postcranial functional morphology in primates. After earning my degree, I was a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. My graduate and early postdoctoral work used microComputed Tomography and geometric morphometrics to quantify how primate and mammal bones change through development in relation to locomotion, life history, and environment. My current research focuses on creating a biomechanical model of the ~3.2-million-year-old “Lucy” skeleton to simulate its locomotor capabilities and better understand the evolution of fossil hominin locomotion.