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Collin VanBuren

Research Student 2013



Office Phone: +44 (0) 1223 333428

Research Interests

My PhD research focuses on the evolutionary and ecological significance of variation in amphibian skin anatomy. Amphibians are the most endangered group of terrestrial vertebrates, and their semipermeable skin is often implicated in their differential threat status. However, very little is known about this structure, despite over 150 years of research. My research specifically seeks to address the current state of our knowledge about amphibian skin anatomy and how factors such as body size, sex, seasonality, and habitat preference affect anatomical (and likely physiological) function of this important structure. I am also interested in the function, evolution, and development of fused vertebrae with a focus on cervical vertebral fusion (syncervicals).

Key Publications

VanBuren C. S. and D. C. Evans. In press. Evolution and function of anterior cervical fusion in tetrapods. Biological Reviews. DOI: 10.1111/brv.12245.

Meredith, H. M. R., C. S. VanBuren, ​and R. E. Antwis. 2016. Making amphibian conservation more effective. Conservation Evidence 13: 1–5. 

VanBuren, C. S., N. E. Campione, and D. C. Evans. 2015. Head size, weaponry, and cervical adaptation: Testing craniocervical evolutionary hypotheses in Ceratopsia. Evolution 69(7): 1728–1744.

Brown, C. M., C. S. VanBuren, D. W. Larson, K. S. Brink, N. E. Campione, M. J. Vavrek, and D. C. Evans. 2015. Tooth counts through growth in diapsid reptiles: implications for interpreting individual and size-related variation in the fossil recordJournal of Anatomy 226(4): 322–333.

Maidment, S. C. R., K. T. Bates, P. L. Falkingham, C. S. VanBuren, V. M Arbour, and P. M. Barret. 2014Locomotion in Ornithischian Dinosaurs: An Assessment Using Three-Dimensional Computational Modelling. Biological Reviews 89(3): 588–617.

Suzuki, D., K. Chiba, C. S. VanBuren, T. Ohashi. 2014. The appendicular anatomy of the Elegant Crested Tinamou (Eudromia elegans). Bulletin of the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History Series A, Natural History No. 12: 1–48.

VanBuren, C. S. and M. F. Bonnan. 2013. Forearm posture and utility in quadrupedal dinosaurs. PLoS ONE 8(9): e74842. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074842