Stephanie E. Pierce

Stephanie E. Pierce

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

Faculty Support: Tracy Barbaro

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

Brocklehurst R, P Fahn-Lai , S Regnault and SE Pierce. 2022. Musculoskeletal modelling of sprawling and parasagittal forelimbs provides insight into synapsid postural transition. iScience 25(1):103578

Simões TR and SE Pierce. 2021. Sustained high rates of morphological evolution during the rise of tetrapods. Nature Ecology & Evolution 5(10):1403-1414

Whitney MR and SE Pierce. 2021. Osteohistology of Greererpeton provides insight into the life history of an early Carboniferous tetrapod. Journal of Anatomy 239(6):1256-1272

Jones KE, BV Dickson, KD Angielczyk and SE Pierce. 2021. Adaptive landscapes challenge “lateral-to-sagittal’ paradigm for mammalian vertebral function. Current Biology 31:1883-1892.e7

Molnar JL, JR Hutchinson, R Diogo, JA Clack and SE Pierce. 2021. Evolution of forelimb musculoskeletal function across the fish-to-tetrapod transition. Science Advances 7(4):eabd7457

Dickson, BV, JA Clack, TR Smithson and SE Pierce. 2021. Functional adaptive landscapes predict terrestrial capacity with origin of limbs. Nature 589:242-245

Contact Information

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


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