Kerin M. Claeson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Department of Bio-Medical Sciences
Postdoctoral Researcher-in-Residence, Center for Ecology and Evolutionary Studies,
Ohio University, 2010 – 2012
PhD, Vertebrate Paleontology, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
MS, Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, University of Massachusetts, 2002–2005
BS, Geology, Stony Brook University 1997– 2001
Dr. Claeson works with medical students pursuing their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
(DO), as well as allied health professionals pursing advanced degrees in Physical
Therapy and Physicians Assistants, and with graduate students pursuing Masters Degrees
in Biomedical Sciences. Her lectures discuss clinically relevant anatomy of the human
head, neck, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis, taking into account both the developmental
and evolutionary history of the human body. She continues to use hands-on, problem
based learning with students in the laboratory setting, to guide students through
anatomical dissections and knowledge.
Dr. Claeson maintains four active areas of research in which students and volunteers
at PCOM may participate in her lab; 1) Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy, 2) Variation
in Human Anatomy, 3) Paleontology and Evolutionary Biology, and most recently 4) Collaborative
work with Osteopathic Physicians. Tools and data types include histology, radiography,
computed tomography, dissection, photography, illustration, and extensive literature
reviews. Independent projects are encouraged that seek to answer questions about vertebrate
form and function. Thus, if you have a desire to study a particular system or organism,
she will work with you to develop a project.
Learn more about Dr. Claeson’s lab.
Claeson, K. M., H. M. Sallam, P. M. O’Connor, and J. J. W. Sertich. 2014. A revision of the Upper
Cretaceous lepidosirenid lungfishes from the Quseir Formation, Western Desert, Central
Egypt. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Projected volume and issue 34(4).
Roberts, E. M., Lamanna, M.C, J. A. Clarke, J Meng, E. Gorscak, J.J. Sertich, P. M.
O'Connor, K. M. Claeson, R. D. MacPhee. 2014. Stratigraphy and vertebrate paleoecology of latest Cretaceous-earliest
Paleogene strata on Vega Island, Antarctica. Submitted to Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 402(2014):55-72.
Claeson, K. M. 2014. The impacts of comparative anatomy of electric rays (Batoidea: Torpediniformes)
on their systematic hypotheses. Journal of Morphology Early view DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20239.
Claeson, K. M., C. J. Underwood, and D. J. Ward. 2013. ƚTingitanius tenuimandibulus, a new platyrhinid batoid from the Turonian (Cretaceous) of Morocco and the Cretaceous
radiation of the Platyrhinidae. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(5):1019-1036.
Holloway, W. L., K. M. Claeson, and F. R. O’Keefe. 2013. A virtual phytosaur endocast and its implications for sensory
system evolution in archosaurs. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 33(4): 848-857.
Claeson, K. M. 2014. The Role of Guitarfish in the Origin of Skates and Rays. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Annual Meeting.
Friedrich, S., S. Lee, S., K. M. Claeson, A. B. Ward. 2014. The effect of variable levels of retinoic acid and termperatures
on vertebral process morphology in zebrafish, Danio rerio. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Annual Meeting.
Holloway, W., Claeson, K. M., Sertich, J., Sallam, H., O'Connor, P. M. 2013. A new specimen of Enchodus (actinopterygii: protacanthopterygii) from the late Cretaceous of Egypt and its contribution
to the western Tethyan distribution of the genus.
Stevens, W., Claeson, K. M, Stevens, N. J. 2013. Alestid fishes from the late Oligocene Nsungwe Formation of
Tanzania. Supplement to the online Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, p. 219.
Volunteer & Leadership
Chair-elect. Education and Outreach Committee for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Committee Member. AAA Regional Meeting Program Sub-committee for October 2014. January
Secretary. Division of Phylogenetic and Comparative Biology for the Society of Integrative
and Comparative Biology. January 2013–present
Committee Member. Dawson Award for Predoctoral Research for the Society of Vertebrate
Paleontology. February 2012–present
Committee Member. Education and Outreach Committee for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
November 2011–November 2013.
Panel Member of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Memoir Committee. February
2011– January 2014
Regular Member of the Program Committee for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
May 2010–January 2014
National Science Foundation (PI-O’Connor, co-PIs K. Claeson, J. Sertich). ANT_118473, “Collaborative Research: Late Cretaceous-Paleogene vertebrates
from Antarctica: Implications for paleobiogeography, paleoenvironment, and extinction
in polar Gondwana,” $98,324.00, June 2012
- Vertebrate Anatomy and Dissection
- Ontogeny, systematics, phylogenetics, and evolution of vertebrates
- Phenotypic variation of the skeleton