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What is the FMEA Working Group?

The Functional Morphology & Evolutionary Anatomy working group is a cross-disciplinary research group for undergraduates and graduate students interested in anatomical projects deriving from the biological and anthropological sciences. The group welcomes interested, motivated students who wish to explore a broad range of anatomical topics related to extant and fossil vertebrate morphology.

The lab is run jointly by WIU professors Dr. Matthew Bonnan (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Jess White (Sociology/Anthropology).  The purpose of our blog is to promote the FMEA working group and to keep those interested informed about on-going student and faculty research in the lab.

If you are interested in joining or learning more about the FMEA Working Group or the exciting new FMEA minor, please contact one or both directors of the lab.


Matthew F. Bonnan, Ph.D.

Department of Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University
Jurassic Journeys

Jessica L. White, Ph.D.

Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Western Illinois University
Dr. White’s Personal Homepage

Dr. White’s Soc/Anth Website

What is the FMEA Minor?

The Western Illinois University Functional Morphology and Evolutionary Anatomy minor provides students with training in anatomy and functional morphology grounded in principles of zoology, biology, anthropology, ecology, paleontology, and evolutionary theory. It is a research minor – students who participate do independent research in some aspect of functional morphology and evolutionary anatomy.

Through participation in this research minor, students will:

  • receive a broad spectrum of training in anatomy, functional morphology, and evolutionary theory;
  • gain an understanding of the complex relationships between ecology, evolutionary adaptations, and the biology of organisms;
  • explore environmental variables and conservation strategies grounded in an understanding of evolutionary history;
  • participate in current faculty research in functional morphology projects;
  • develop independent research projects in all aspects of functional morphology;
  • be encouraged to present personal and collaborative research projects at regional, national, and international levels;
  • train in traditional and innovative research methods, such as multivariate statistics, morphometrics, and computer simulation; and
  • be prepared for further graduate programs, such as biology, anthropology, medicine, veterinary medicine, physical therapy, vertebrate paleontology, geology, zoology, kinesiology, sports medicine, and dental studies.



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