Molly C. Selba

 

Contact information

email: mollyselba@ufl.edu
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Education

  • University of Florida, Ph.D. Student, Biological Anthropology, 2020 (Expected)
  • University of Florida, M.A. Anthropology, Concentration in Biological, 2017
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A., Archaeology/Anthropology, 2014

 

Research Interests

My research interests include comparative anatomy, cranial morphology, and anatomical sciences education. I am most interested in how cranial morphology varies within and between species and how it is impacted by factors such as evolution and breeding practices. My previous research mainly focused on nasal anatomy in an evolutionary context, however, I am currently researching the differences in cranial morphology between brachycephalic and normocephalic dogs created by artificial selection for facial reduction. My dissertation research includes a comparative study of facial reduction across three representative taxa (bats, primates, and dogs), further exploration of the effects of facial reduction in dogs, and pedagogical research on teaching the concept of facial reduction. In my free time I enjoy doing science communication on behalf of the Human Evolution Teaching Materials Project and the Thompson Earth Systems Institute.

 

Current Lab Projects

  • Database organization
  • Webpage development

 

Publications

Ziegler M. J., Perez V. J., Pirlo J., Narducci R. E., Moran S. M., Selba M. C., Hastings A. K., Vargas-Vergara C., Antonenko P. D., and
MacFadden B. J. (2020) Applications of 3D Paleontological Data at the Florida Museum of Natural History. Front. Earth
Sci. 8:600696. doi: 10.3389/feart.2020.600696

Selba M. C., Bryson E. R., Rosenberg C. L., Heng H. G., DeLeon V. B. 2020. The Impact of Facial Reduction on Endocranial Shape
in Dogs. Anatomical Record, 304(1), 101-115.

Selba M. C., Oechtering G., Heng H. G., DeLeon V. B. 2020. The Impact of Selection for Facial Reduction in Dogs: Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Canine Cranial Shape. Anatomical Record, 303(2), 330-346*
* Recognized by the press as one of the top 10% downloaded articles in 2018-2019

Selba M. C. 2019. The Human Evolution Teaching Materials Project: A Case for the Incorporation of 3D Prints into K-12 Science Curricula. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 43-38.

Smith T. D., Martell M. C., Rossie JB, Bonar CJ, DeLeon VB. 2016. Ontogeny and Microanatomy of the Nasal Turbinals in Lemuriformes. Anatomical Record, 299(11), 1492-1510.

 

Published Abstracts/Posters Presented

Presentations

Mead, J., Glaze, A. L., & Selba, M. C. (2020, Nov.). Teaching Human Evolution: Reasons, Resources, & Relationships. Presentation for the National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference. Virtual. Workshop Presentation.

Selba, M. C. (2018, Feb.). HETMP: The Human Evolution Teaching Materials Project. Presentation for the Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives Society Annual Conference. Savannah, Ga.

Selba, M. C. (2018, Jan.). The Human Evolution Teaching Materials Project. Presented at the UF FASA weekly colloquia

Refereed Poster Sessions

Vitek, N. S., Hoeflich, J., Magallanes, I., Moran, S. M., Narducci, R. E., Ocon, S. B., Perez, V., Pirlo, J., Riegler, M., Rogers, M., Selba, M. C., Vallejo-Pareja, M. C., Ziegler, M. J., Granatosky, M. C., Bloch, J. I. (2020, Oct). Early Pleistocene Porcupines in Temperate North America Retained Characteristic Tropical, Arboreal Morphology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Programs and Abstracts 278. (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

Selba M. C., Bryson E. R., Rosenberg C. L., Heng H. G., DeLeon V. B. (2020, Apr.) Selective Breeding in Domestic Dogs: How Selecting for a Short Face Impacted Canine Neuroanatomy. Abstract accepted for the American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

Selba, M. C., Zeigler, M. J., Mead, J. S. (2020, April) The First Annual Human Evolution Summer Teacher Workshop. Abstract accepted for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting (Cancelled due to COVID-19)

Selba, M. C. Oechtering, G., Heng, H. G., DeLeon, V. B. (2019, July) The Impact of Selection for Facial Reduction in Dogs. Invited poster for the Congress of the International Society of Vertebrate Morphology Annual Conference. Prague, Czech Republic  

Selba, M. C. (2019, April) The Human Evolution Teaching Materials Project (An Anatomical Perspective). Poster for the American Association of Anatomists Annual Conference. Orlando, FL. 

Selba, M. C., Oechtering, G., Heng, H. G., DeLeon, V. B. (2019, March) The Impact of Selection for Facial Reduction in Dogs. Poster for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Conference. Cleveland, OH. 

Selba, M. C. (2018, April) The Human Evolution Teaching Materials Project (An Anthropological Perspective). Poster for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Conference. Austin, TX.

Selba, M. C., Oechtering, G., Heng, H. G., DeLeon, V. B. (2018, April) The Impact of Selection for Facial Reduction in Dogs. Poster for the American Association of Anatomists Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. 

Martell, M. C., Smith T. D., DeLeon, V. B. (2017, April) Relationship of Turbinal Surface Area and Nasal Cavity Volume in Primates. Poster for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Conference. New Orleans, LA. 

Martell, M. C., Smith T. D., Rossie, J. B., DeLeon, V. B. (2016, April) Heterochrony of Nasal Turbinal Development in Primates. Poster for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Martell, M. C., Balachandran, S., (2016, April) An Investigation of Elemental Biogenic Uptake: The Examination of Portable X-ray Fluorescence as a Method of Osteological Analysis. Poster for the Paleopathology Association Annual Conference. St. Louis, MO.

Martell, M. C., Powell, E. E., Smith T. D., DeLeon, V. B. (2015, March) Ontogeny of Nasal Turbinals in Lemur catta. Poster for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Martell, M. C., Hunt, D. (2015, March) Distribution of Rhomboid Fossa by Sex and Ancestry. Poster for the  Paleopathology Association Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA.

 

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