Current Lab members
Lavania joined the Schroeder Lab in 2019, following an MSc from the University of Toronto. She is interested in identifying hybridization in human evolution when genetic data is irretrievable. Her research involves examining the skeletal patterns (morphological integration, fluctuating asymmetry) of coyote hybrids and their parental populations.
Madeline joined the Schroeder lab in 2018 after completing an MSc at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on bioarchaeology, evolutionary process, and skeletal variation, specifically how patterns of variation differ across different elements of the human skeleton.
Brittany Sparrow is a Master’s student at the University of Toronto, studying biological anthropology. Her research focuses on using stable isotopes to illicit information regarding palaeoenvironments, as well as the diet and mobility of past peoples. She is supervised primarily by Dr. Genevieve Dewar
Klara Komza is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. She joined the Schroeder lab in 2019 after having completed an MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Kent. She is interested in the evolution of bipedalism, with an emphasis on Plio-Pleistocene hominins. Her research focuses on foot functional morphology and quantitative genetic methods. She is co-supervised by Dr. Bence Viola.
Amanda Darvi is a Master’s Student at the University of Toronto. She is interested in geometric morphometrics and human origins. She is co-supervised by Dr. Bence Viola.
Sarah Friesen is a PhD student at the University of Toronto. She joined the Schroeder lab in 2022 and she has an MSc in Archaeological Science from Lakehead University. Her research interests are in shape variation, morphological integration, and the evolutionary processes that have shaped locomotor adaptations in the great ape and hominin foot.
Nomawethu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town, under the primary supervision of Prof. Rebecca Rogers Ackermann. She has an MSc in Archaeology (distinction) from the University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on the evolution of the genus Paranthropus, specifically the evolutionary processes responsible for its diversification.
Undergraduate research students
Megat Mohd Hamka (2019) - BSc (Hons) Biology and Anthropology with distinction
Samantha Bulchand (2020) - BSc (Hons) Neuroscience and Biological Anthropology with distinction
Cathy Tran (2021) - BSc (Hons) Forensic Anthropology and Biological Anthropology with high distinction (recipient of UTM Founders Gold Member)
Gabriel Boily-Porter (2021) - BSc (Hons) Biological Anthropology
Natasa Zdjelar (MSc 2020)
Preston Walberg (MA 2021)