- Duke University, Ph.D., 2015
- New York University, M.A., 2009
- Stanford University, B.A., 2004
Research InterestsResearch Interests
Dr. Marisa Macias’ research involves investigating the functional anatomy of the human arm over the past four million years, funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation and the National Science Foundation.
Specializing in morphometrics and computer modeling, she has applied these methods to understanding the evolution of the human upper limb. She draws on evidence from human fossils as well as modern and archaeological humans, as well as living primates. These groups provide key context for interpreting how the arm has functioned in different places and at different times over human history. She studies fossils from Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Africa including Australopithecus sediba, a recently discovered hominin from 1.98 million years ago.
Churchill, S.E., Holliday, T.W., Carlson, K.J., Jashashvilli, T., Macias, M.E., Mathews, S., Sparling, T.L., Schmid, P., de Ruiter, D.J., Berger, L.R. (2013). The upper limb of Australopithecus sediba. Science, 340(6129), 1233477.
Macias, M.E., & Churchill, S.E. "Functional morphology of the Neandertal scapular glenoid fossa." The Anatomical Record 298(1) (2015): 168-179.
Teaching ExperienceTeaching Experience
- Human Functional Anatomy, Teaching Assistant (undergraduates) 2011
- Gross Anatomy, Laboratory Instructor (PA students) 2011
- Gross Anatomy, Laboratory Instructor (MD students) 2010
- Emerging Diseases, Teaching Assistant (undergraduates) 2008
New York University