Gonzalo Giribet

Stephanie E. Pierce

Visiting Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Currently)
Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (Appointment starts July 2014.)
Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

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My scholarly interests are focused on assessing the link between form and function of the vertebrate skeletal system – especially with respect to muscle/skeletal interactions during feeding and locomotor behaviours in modern and extinct animals.


Recent Publications


Pierce, Stephanie E., Ahlberg PE, Hutchinson JR, Molnar JL, Sanchez S, Tafforeau P, Clack JA. (2013). Vertebral architecture in the earliest stem tetrapods. Nature, 494(7436): 226–229.

Stubbs, Thomas L., Stephanie E. Pierce, Emily J. Rayfield, and Philip S.L. Anderson. (2013). Morphological and biomechanical disparity of crocodile-line archosaurs following the end-Triassic extinction. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B., 280: doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2013.1940.

Sanchez, Sophie., Vincent Fernandez, Stephanie E. Pierce, Paul Tafforeau. (2013).Homogenization of sample absorption for the imaging of large and dense fossils with synchrotron microtomography. Nature Protocols, 8(9): 1708–1717.

Pierce, Stephanie E., John R. Hutchinson, and Jennifer A. Clack. (2013). Historical perspectives on the evolution of tetrapodomorph movement. Integrative & Comparative Biology, doi: 10.1093/icb/ict022.

Pierce, Stephanie E., Jennifer A. Clack, and John R. Hutchinson. (2012). Three-dimensional limb joint mobility in the early tetrapod Ichthyostega.
Nature, 486(7404): 523–526.