A morpho-functional and biomechanical analysis of the primate knee.
Sophie is a member of our Behavioural Ecology Research Group.
Using a combination of Geometric Morphometrics and Finite Element Analysis, Sophie will be investigating the functional morphology and biomechanics of the primate patellofemoral joint. In particular, the evolution of locomotion in primates will be looked at more broadly to determine how and why the primate knee has evolved for different modes of locomotion. Sophie also aims to reveal the evolutionary trajectory and selection pressures that have influenced variation in knee morphology, both within and between primate species.