Torres Tamayo Sheila Nicole

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I am a fifth-year predoctoral research fellow at the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural Sciences (Madrid, Spain). I am currently working on my PhD dissertation entitled "Functional anatomy and evolution of the torso in the genus Homo through 3D geometric morphometric techniques" under the supervision of Dr. Markus Bastir. 

I use 3D geometric morphometrics of sliding semilandmarks to address the torso variation in living Homo sapiens and extant non-human Hominoidea. I focus my research on the study of the (co-)variation of torso structures in extant Hominoidea. I am particularly interested in understanding the patterns of thorax and pelvis covariation in humans and other primates, and their impact on the evolution of human body shape. I analyze torso 3D models through 3D geometric morphometric techniques. A major focus of my current research is to implement innovative 3D GM reconstruction methods in R to reconstruct the torso of Plio-Pleistocene hominins of the genus Homo. Additionally, my knowledge and skills in the R programming language make possible to address statistical shape analyses beyond the current workflow of 3D geometric morphometrics. 

I am also interested in implementing new statistical methods not only to the study of the torso, but also to different biological systems. As an example, my previous research has focused on the study of 3D kinematics and sexual dimorphism of the human lungs from a morpho-functional approach. My background in biomedical imaging allows me to work with CT-data by obtaining 3D models of the anatomical structures required for my research.

Lastly, I am a huge advocate for open science and data sharing, and this defines my interests and concerns above any discipline.

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