Brittany (Staff) Moody
- Areas of Speciality
- Ph.D. Biological Anthropology
- Sheela Athreya
- First Year In the Program
Brittany Moody received her BA in Anthropology from Texas A&M University in 2008. In 2017, she received her MA from Texas A&M under Dr. Sheela Athreya, focusing on the implications of observed morphological shape variation in the femoral mid-shaft between archaic and modern humans, emphasizing the impact of their shared evolutionary history. Currently Brittany is pursuing her PhD under Dr. Athreya, conducting research on the evolutionary selective pressures that impact the observed variation in femoral cross-sectional morphology among and between modern human populations. The goal of this research is to further understand the functional morphological relationships of postranial structures in order to apply modern human models further back into evolutionary history, specifically in regards to implications on Neanderthal biology. Her research interests include functional morphology; human biological variation; cross-sectional morphology; phylogenetic signal; postranial biology; Middle and Late Pleistocene hominin evolution; Neanderthal functional morphology, biology, and genetics.