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David Baier

Human Anatomy, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

Associate Professor

 

 
Education
 

Ph.D., Brown University, 2006 

B.Sc., Montana State University, 1997

 
 

Contact Information
 

email: dbaier@providence.edu

Phone: 401-865-2172

Office: Sowa 223

 
 

Courses taught:

 

BIO122 Human Biology

BIO201 Comparative Anatomy

BIO205 Human Anatomy

 
 

Research

 

My research integrates studies of living animals with fossil skeletons to better understand how bird wings evolved. In my lab, we incorporate a biplanar, high-speed X-ray system, called XROMM (X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology), CT scans, dissections, mechanical testing, and computer modeling to explore how joints work. Armed with knowledge about how form is linked to function, we can begin to ask how extinct animals, known only from their skeletal remains, might have moved.
 

 
Recent Publications:
 

   
Baier DB, Gatesy SM, Jenkins FA. 2007. A critical ligamentous mechanism in the evolution of avian flight. Nature 445(7125):307-310.
 
Brainerd EL, Baier DB, Gatesy SM, Hedrick TL, Metzger KA, Gilbert SL, Crisco JJ. 2010. X-ray reconstruction of moving morphology (XROMM): precision, accuracy and applications in comparative biomechanics research. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology  313A(5):262-279.
 
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