Katie Stanchak

Ph. D. Candidate, Department of Biology, University of Washington 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI have always been interested in form, function, and generally in “how things work.” Accordingly, for the first few years of my career I studied the structure and dynamics of engineered systems. Eventually I realized that I was truly interested in biological systems, especially in the diversity of forms that have resulted from major evolutionary radiations.

My primary research interest is the evolution of the mammalian skeleton, particularly novel skeletal elements and skeletal plasticity. I am currently investigating the anatomy, function, and development of the calcar, a novel skeletal element in bat feet.

Positions and education

2010: Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Contact: stanchak”at”uw.edu