Schroeder Lab

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Current Lab members

Lavania Nagendran

PhD student

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 Mccuaig

 phd student

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

MSc student

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

phd student

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.


Preston walberg

mSc student

Preston is a Master's student interested in the evolution of postcranial variability in the primate lineage. His research is focused on morphological integration and evolvability in the glenohumeral joint.


nomawethu hlazo

phd student

Nomawethu is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cape Town, under the primary supervision of Dr. 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.



mSc student

Amanda Darvi is a Master’s Student at the University of Toronto. She is interested in morphological integration in the axial skeleton of marmosets. She is also co-supervised by Dr. Bence Viola.

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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

Graduate students

Natasa Zdjelar (MSc 2020)