Nicole Grunstra is an evolutionary anthropologist and is interested in the environmental conditions and evolutionary constraints of human and primate phenotypic diversification. Up to now she has focused on craniodental morphology, primarily in multiple species of macaques (Cercopithecidae: Macaca). She uses phylogenetic comparative methods to investigate the relative importance of adaptation and phylogenetic effects. Current projects include work on developmental canalisation and associated patterns of morphological variation in the human skull, in collaboration with Dr. Philipp Mitteroecker and Dr. Sonja Windhager.
BA Social Sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Linguistics), University of Utrecht, Netherlands.
MSc Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK.
PhD (close to submission) in Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Cambridge, UK, and University of Vienna.