Katya Stansfield


Postdoc Researcher

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 About me

I am an evolutionary biologist with a background in physics and data science. My main research interest is to find out how function creates evolutionary constraints on the shape and size of an organ or a system of organs. This question requries biomechancis and statistical modelling approaches, where empirical data is considered with the reference to engineering and bayesian expectations.

In my previous projects, I midfacial adaptation to climate in prehistoric humans. I am now keenly interested in the competing evolutionary influences experienced by the human pelvis in the context of the obstetrical dilemma. In particular, I study how pelvic floor shape and function may determine size and shape of the bony pelvis in humans. I also explore how forces experienced by hip joints in humans may limit the size and shape of the pelvic girdle due to our bipedal locomotion.


2022 – to date  FWF Stand-Alone funding (No. P-35714 -B) „Verursacht der aufrechte Gang das menschliche Geburtsdilemma? “

2019 – 2021 FWF Lise Meitner funding for the incoming researchers (No. AM 0277221) "Das Dilemma der menschlichen Geburt und des Beckenbodens"

2015 – 2017    European Commission Research Grant (No. PIIF-GA-2013-622846) “BIOMAN: Biomechanics of the Mandible in Mesolithic, Neolithic and Modern humans in transition to agriculture”.  Department of Archaeology, University of York, UK

2012 – 2015    Russian Foundation for the Basic Research Grant (No. 13-06-00045) “Population History of Mesolithic People of Russia and Ukraine: Testing the Hypothesis on Asian Component Using Geometric Morphometric Methods”. Research Institute and Museum of Anthropology, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia

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