Dr. Katherine Zink
My research primarily focuses on cranio-dental morphology and the functional integration of the masticatory complex. In particular, I am interested in understanding how the advent and increasing use of food processing techniques has shaped hominin skulls and dentition. Have you ever wondered why you have such small teeth and jaws? Or why you spend so much money at the dentist/orthodontic office? To address these questions, I am using animal and human experimental models to investigate the effects of both simple and complex food processing techniques on chewing performance, and the growth and integration of the teeth and jaws.