Cassandra Turcotte

Cassandra Turcotte

Email:
turca@gwmail.gwu.edu

Cassandra Turcotte is interested in the gross and histological functional anatomy of the hominid skeleton. She uses advanced imaging techniques to visualize skeletal structure, testing whether living behavior (e.g., locomotion) can be reliably reconstructed using internal signatures of mechanical variation in the bone.

Education

MPhil, Human Paleobiology, George Washington University, 2015

BA, Biological Anthropology and Geology, University of Pennsylvania, 2012


Year Entered GW Program: 2012
Advisor: Shannon C. McFarlin

Publications

Conference Abstracts

2017 - Turcotte CM, Rabey KN, Green DJ and SC McFarlin. Quantifying muscular response to habitual activity: toward understanding muscle-bone interactions for anthropological behavioral reconstructions.  Poster Presented at the American Association for Physical Anthropology in New Orleans, LA.

2016 - Turcotte CM, Rabey KN, Green DC and SC McFarlin. From Bone to Behavior: reconstructing habitual activity from muscle attachment site morphology.  Talk presented at the 11th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology in Washington, DC.

2015 - Turcotte CM, Potau J and R Diogo. Interspecific Variation in Muscle characteristics across Great Apes: A guide to behavioral reconstruction in fossils.  Talk presented at the American Association for Physical Anthropology in St. Louis, MI.  Am J Phys Anthropol 156: 65-334.

2014 - Turcotte CM, Potau J and R Diogo. Interspecific Variation in Muscle characteristics across Great Apes: A guide to behavioral reconstruction in fossils.  Poster presented at the Anatomical Society Winter Meeting in Birmingham, UK.

2012 Senior Thesis: “Quantifying Dominance:  An analysis of humeral bilateral asymmetry and implications for behavioral reconstruction.” University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA. Advisor: Dr. Janet M. Monge.

2011 Poster “Toward the Cellular Basis for Effects of indian hedgehog (ihh) on Endochondral Bone Morphogenesis.” University of Oregon, Eugene OR.  Advisor: Dr. Brian F. Eames.

Books

2017 - Diogo R, Potau JM, Pastor JF, de Paz FJ, Arias-Martorell J, Turcotte C, Hammond A, Shearer B, Vereecke E, Vanhoof M, Nauwelaerts S and B Wood. Photographic and Descriptive Musculoskeletal Atlas of Bonobos, 1st ed. Springer.


CASHP Blog Entries

The Dissertation Proposal Defense

Distinctions

2017 GWU Graduate Summer Travel Grant ($800)

2017 NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant ($29,500)

2015 Cotlow Research Grant ($1500)

2014 AMNH Collections Study Grant ($625)

2014 William Warren Fieldwork Grant ($1500)

2013 Sigma Xi Research Grant ($900)

2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

2012 GW/McNair Fellowship