Molly C. Selba



Contact information



  • 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 morphology, comparative anatomy, nasal anatomy, ontogeny, and olfaction. I am most interested in how nasal anatomy varies within and between species. My previous research mainly focused on nasal anatomy in an evolutionary context, however, I am currently focused on research pertaining to the differences in nasal anatomy between brachycephalic and normocephalic dogs.

Honors and Awards

Society for the Study of Evolution Small Grants Program for Local and Regional Outreach Promoting the Understanding of Evolutionary Biology Grant, Spring 2017

Alpha Epsilon Lambda (Graduate Honors Society), Fall 2016 – Present

University of Florida Graduate School Fellowship, Fall 2015 – Present

Johns Hopkins University Departmental Honors, 2014

Johns Hopkins University General Honors, 2014

Johns Hopkins University Dean’s Undergraduate Research Award: The Raymond Westbrook Undergraduate Research Award in Near Eastern Studies, 2014

O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Award, Spring 2017

Honor Societies

Alpha Epsilon Lambda

Professional Societies

Society for the Study of Evolution, 2017

American Association of Physical Anthropologists, 2014-Present

Paleopathology Association, 2014-2016

American Association of Anatomists, 2015-2016


Florida Anthropological Student Association (FASA), New Graduate Student Liaison, Fall 2016 – Spring 2017

Florida Museum of Natural History, Volunteer, 2016-Present

Human Evolution Teaching Materials Project, Creator, 2016-Present

Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Membership Chair, 2017-2018

Current Lab Projects

  • Database organization
  • Webpage development


Smith TD, Martell MC, 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

2017 Martell MC, Smith TD, DeLeon VB
Relationship of Turbinal Surface Area and Nasal Cavity Volume in Primates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology

2016 Martell MC and Balachandran S
AN INVESTIGATION OF ELEMENTAL BIOGENIC UPTAKE: PORTABLE X-RAY FLUORESCENCE AS A METHOD OF OSTEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS. Poster presented at the Eighty-Fifth Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Atlanta, Georgia.

2016 Martell MC, Smith TD, Rossie JB, DeLeon VB
Heterochrony of nasal turbinal development in Primates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology

2015 Martell MC, Powell EE, Smith TD, DeLeon VB
Ontogeny of nasal turbinals in Lemur catta. American Journal of Physical Anthropology

2015 Martell MC and Hunt DR
DISTRIBUTION OF RHOMBOID FOSSA BY SEX AND ANCESTRY. Poster presented at the Eighty-Forth Annual Meeting of the Paleopathology Association, Atlanta, Georgia.