- Ph.D. in Comparative Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History, expected graduation: 2017.
- B.S. in Geological Sciences and History (double major) with Distinction, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2011.
Research InterestsResearch Interests
I am interested in the evolution of development and how differences in development result in disparity of adult shape. My dissertation research focuses on using the development of horns, antlers, ossicones and pronghorns of even-toed, hoofed mammals (Artiodactyla) to understand whether these structures arose independently in the different hoofed mammal lineages or if they share a single origin in a common ancestor. To answer this question I am using both 3D geometric morphometrics of extant and extinct taxa and gene expression in the context of their evolutionary relationships (phylogeny), unraveling how and why so many diverse cranial appendages evolved in this one clade.
Calamari, Z.T. 2016. Sexual maturity and shape development in cranial appendages of extant ruminants. Ecology and Evolution, 9 October 2016: 1-11.
Zelditch, M.L., Calamari, Z.T., Swiderski, D.L. 2016. Disparate postnatal ontogenies do not add to the shape disparity of infants. Evolutionary Biology, February 2016: 1-20.
Miller, I.M., J.S. Pigati, R.S. Anderson, K.R. Johnson, S.A. Mahan, et al. 2014. Summary of the Snowmastodon Project Special Volume: A high-elevation, multi-proxy biotic and environmental record of MIS 6-4 from the Ziegler Reservoir fossil site, Snowmass Village, Colorado, USA. Quaternary Research, 82: 618-634.
Fisher, D.C., M.D. Cherney, C. Newton, A.N. Rountrey, Z.T. Calamari, R. Stucky, C. Lucking, L. Petrie. 2014. Taxonomy and tusk growth analyses of Ziegler Reservoir proboscideans. Quaternary Research, 82: 518-532.
Fisher, D.C., E.A. Shirley, C.D. Whalen, Z.T. Calamari, A.N. Rountrey, A.N. Tikhonov, B. Buigues, F. Lacombat, S. Grigoriev, P.A. Lazarev. 2014. X-ray computed tomography of two mammoth calf mummies. Journal of Paleontology, 88: 664-675.