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Angela Mallard

Ph.D. Student


Angela is a Ph.D. candidate originally from Mesa, Arizona, whose research focuses broadly on human anatomical variation and our ability to infer evolutionary and developmental processes from morphological data. In addition to her research, she also has ample teaching experience, including the University of Tennessee, Glendale & Mesa Community Colleges in Arizona, and the Governor’s School of North Carolina. In 2018, she acted as a lab demonstrator for gross human anatomy at Ross University School of Medicine, assisting and teaching medical students with cadaveric dissection. Her current work includes collaborations to study methods of inferring gene flow and their relationship to material culture in the pre-contact American Southwest and pre-contact/contact period Great Plains.


gene flow as measured from phenotypic indices, particularly the utility of quantitative genetic methods; modern human variation and its relationship to evolutionary and developmental processes; past human migration from the perspective of multiple data sources, including the differences and similarities between narratives derived from morphological, genomic, and material culture sources; morphological trait variance and covariance, with specific focus on the relationship between osteological and dental variation; Southwestern Native American archaeology and bioarchaeology; pedagogy and active learning for human anatomy and courses that discuss human evolution; evolutionary medicine and human gross anatomy.


M.A. Biological Anthropology (Human Skeletal Biology) - New York University 2011

B.A. Anthropology and History - University of Arizona 2008

Professional Service

2018-2019       Vice President, UT Anthropology Graduate Student Association

2015-2016       Ethics Committee Member, American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Awards and Recognitions

External Grants

2020    National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (Co-PI)

2019    American Museum of Natural History Collection Study Grant (PI)

2018    American Association for Anatomy Education & Outreach Grant (PI)


Selected Publications

Mallard AM, Savell KRR, Auerbach BM. 2017. Morphological integration of the human pelvis with respect to age and sex. Anatomical Record 300(4):666-674.

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