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Allison K. Bormet

Allison Bormet

Research Interests

I am interested in the effects of environmental change on mammalian limb evolution and development. To explore this, I wish to integrate the fossil record with extant, embryonic evidence to shed light on how limb morphology patterns may have occurred. Currently, I am investigating morphological variations in the limbs of members of the orders Artiodactyla and Carnivora to compare evolutionary trends in these two groups.

Email: akbormet@umail.iu.edu

Education

Current

Indiana University, Ph.D. Candidate. Advisor: P David Polly

2010

University of Illinois, M.S. Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology. Advisor: Jonathan Marcot
Thesis: Evolutionary rates and patterns of artiodactyl limb reduction

2008

Augustana College, B.A. Geology. Advisor: William Hammer
Undergraduate Thesis: Mineralogy and sedimentology of the Nebraskan Brule Formation and implications regarding biostratigraphy

Manuscripts

Sears, K. E., Bormet, A.K., Rockwell, A., Powers, L.E., Cooper, L.N., and M. Wheeler. Developmental basis of mammalian digit reduction: A case study in pigs. Evolutionary Development.

Bormet, A. K., Marcot, J.D., and K. E. Sears. Evolutionary rates and patterns of artiodactyl limb reduction. (Paleobiology)

Grants and Fellowships
  • Department of Geological Sciences Summer Research Grant-in-aid, 2011, IU
  • Galloway/Perry/Horowitz Graduate Fellowship 2010/2011, IU
  • Department of Geological Sciences Travel Grant, 2010, IU
  • Aileen S. Andrew Foundation Scholarship 2008-2012, U of I and IU
  • Lebus Grant 2010, U of I
  • Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology Travel Grant, 2009, U of I
  • Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Housing Grant, 2009, U of I
  • Aileen S. Andrew Foundation Scholarship 2003-2007, Augustana College
Participation in Scientific Congress

Oral Presentation: The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, “Environmental influences on the evolution and geographic distribution of the family Camelidae.” November 2011. Las Vegas, NV.

Oral Presentation: The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, “Evolutionary rates and patterns of artiodactyl limb reduction.” October 2010. Pittsburgh, PA.

Oral Presentation: The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, “Evolutionary rates and patterns of artiodactyl limb reduction.” January 2009. Boston, MA.

Poster Presentation: The North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America 42nd Annual Meeting. April 2008, “Mineralogy and sedimentology of the Nebraskan Brule Formation and implications regarding biostratigraphy.” University of Southern Indiana. Evansville, IN. 

Teaching and Research Assistant

Graduate Associate Instructor, Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University (2011-2012). Understanding Earth-like Planets.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, School of Integrative Biology, University of Illinois (2009-2010). Courses include: Organismal Biology, Extinction: From Dinos to Dodos and Comparative Anatomy.

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Animal Biology, University of Illinois (2008). Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Marcot.

Tutor, Department of Geology, Augustana College (2007). Course: Physical Geology.

Undergraduate Laboratory Proctor, Department of Geology, Augustana College (2006-2008). Courses include: Physical Geology and Dinosaurs and Extinction.

Field Experience

Hanksville, UT (Early June 2011). Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry.  I helped excavate, using air scribes, a Camarasaurus femur from the Morrison Formation.

Harrison, NE (Late May 2011). Shalimar Ranch. I aided students in the Augustana College course Fossil Mammals of the Badlands (taught by Dr. Bill Hammer) and excavated mammalian fossils from the Brule Formation.

Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming (Summer 2008).  I assisted Dr. Jonathon Marcot, Dr. Darrin Croft, Dr. Caroline Stromberg and Dr. Hannan LaGarry in identifying potential field localities.

Hawai’I (March 2008). I traveled to the Big Island with Augustana College Geology Department for a field class in Hawaiian Volcanism.

Harrison, NE (June 2007). This was the location of my Senior Thesis Inquiry field site.  I utilized Brunton compass orientation to construct stratigraphic sections and collected samples.

Rabbit Valley and Fruita, CO (June 2007).  Mygatt-Moore Quarry and Dinosaur Journey Museum. I assisted visitors with proper field excavation techniques and helped with fossil preparation from the Brushy Basin Member of the Morrison Formation.

Death Valley, CA (March 2007). I traveled with the Augustana College Geology Department for a field class in the area.