Stephanie E. Pierce

Stephanie E. Pierce

Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
Stephanie E. Pierce

Faculty Support: Jared Hughes

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

Recent Publications

Dickson, D.V., and S.E. Pierce. (2019). “Functional performance of turtle humerus shape across an ecological adaptive landscape.” Evolution doi:10.1111/evo.13747.

Esteve-Altava, B., S.E. Pierce, J.L. Molnar, P. Johnston, R. Diogo, and J.R. Hutchinson. (2019). “Evolutionary parallelisms of pectoral and pelvic network-anatomy from fins to limbs.” Science Advances 10.1126/sciadv.aau7459.

Jones, K. E., K.D. Angielczyk, P.D. Polly, J.J. Head, V. Fernandez, J.K Lungmus, S. Tulga, and S.E. Pierce. (2018) “Fossils reveal the complex evolutionary history of the mammalian regionalized spine.” Science 361, no. 6408: 1249-1252.

Regnault, S., and S.E. Pierce. (2018). “Pectoral girdle and forelimb musculoskeletal function in the echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus): insights into mammalian locomotor evolution.” Royal Society Open Science DOI: 10.1098/rsos.181400.

Molnar, J.M., R. Diogo, J.R. Hutchinson, and S.E. Pierce. (2017) “Reconstructing pectoral appendicular muscle anatomy in fossil fish and tetrapods over the fins-to-limbs transition.” Biological Reviews doi/10.1111/brv.12386.

McHorse, B.K., A.A. Biewener, and S.E. Pierce. (2017). “Mechanics of evolutionary digit reduction in fossil horses (Equidae).” Proceedings of the Royal Society, B. 284, no. 20171174.

Jones, K. E., and S.E. Pierce. (2016). “Axial allometry in a neutrally buoyant environment: effects of the terrestrial aquatic transition on vertebral scaling.” Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29:594–601.

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.

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.

Contact Information

The Museum of Comparative Zoology
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


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