• Kristin Wright, PhD

    Associate Professor
    • Department: Biosciences, Basic Medical Sciences
    Member of faculty since: 2006
    Curriculum Vitae


    • Fellowship in Functional Anatomy and Evolution, The Johns Hopkins University Medical School, 2006
    • Ph.D. in Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences - Evolutionary Biology, Northwestern University, 2005
    • B.A. in Anthropology, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 1995

    Teaching Interests/Courses

    • Functional and clinical aspects of the human musculoskeletal system
    • Comparative primate anatomy and functional morphology

    Research Interests

    • Comparative anatomy of human and nonhuman primates; functional and clinical applications
    • Foraging adaptations of the postcrania in nonhuman primates
    • Adaptations for habitat use and foraging in tufted capuchins (genus Sapajus)
    • Habitat use by leaf monkeys in Vietnam


    • Collaborative Research: Integrative analysis of ingestive biomechanics and dental microwear using capuchins as a model, The National Science Foundation, 09/2014 - 08/2017
      With colleagues from Washington University, The University of Chicago, and Rutgers University, we will use a nonhuman primate model to address hypotheses about how food material properties and behavior influence the evolution of feeding adaptations.

    Professional Affiliations

    • Research Associate, 05/2008 - Present, EthoCebus

      Initiated in January 2005, the EthoCebus research project studies the behavior and ecology of wild bearded capuchin monkeys (Cebus libidinosus) in Piaui, Brazil, living in cerrado habitat (open woodland).
    • Member, 01/1998 - Present, American Society of Primatologists

      The ASP is an educational and scientific organization that aims to understand, conserve and inform about nonhuman primates.
    • Member, 01/1996 - Present, American Association of Physical Anthropologists

      Physical anthropology is a biological science that deals with the adaptations, variability and evolution of human beings and their living and fossil relatives.

    Last updated on: 6/25/2015 10:18:00 AM