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Claeson, Kerin

Kerin M. Claeson, PhD

Kerin M. Claeson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anatomy
Department of Bio-Medical Sciences

Ph: 215-871-6526
FX: 215-871-6540
E-mail: kerincl@pcom.edu


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.

Selected Publications

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.

Selected Presentations

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. November 2013-present

Committee Member. AAA Regional Meeting Program Sub-committee for October 2014. January 2013-present

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

Research Keywords

  • Vertebrate Anatomy and Dissection
  • Ontogeny, systematics, phylogenetics, and evolution of vertebrates
  • Phenotypic variation of the skeleton
Last Updated: 2/24/15