PhD, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, 2010
MA, Department of Anthropology, Arizona State University, Arizona, 2002
BA, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1999
Assistant Professor, Medical Anotomical Sciences, Western University of Health Sciences, COMP, Pomona CA, 2018-current
Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Souther Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 2013-2017
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 2011-13
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology and Anotomical Sciences, University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri, 2011
Medical Gross Anatomy
Intensive Summer Anatomy Course
Head & Neck, College of Dental Medicine
I am a biological anthropologist who studies the evolutionary history of the primate chewing apparatus. My research examines the links between anatomy and feeding ecology in modern mammals to provide a framework for using the jaws and teeth of extinct primates to infer the sorts of things that they ate. The major problem that drives my research is explaining why early members of our lineage had massive jaws and teeth, and why ours are so small.
L.S.B. Leakey Foundation, "Nonsocial Influences on Canine Size in Anthropoid Primates", PI, $13,500, 2008-2009
Wenner-Gren Foundation, "Nonsocial Influences on Canine Size in Anthropoid Primates:, PI, $11,900, 2008-2009
Nalley TK, Scott JE, McGechie F, Grider‐Potter N. Comparative ontogeny of functional aspects of human cervical vertebrae. American Journal of Biological Anthropology. 2023 Jun 7.https://doi.org/10.1002/ajpa.24788
Scott JE. 2022. Variation in macroevolutionary dynamics among extant primates. American Journal of Biological Anthropology 179, 405–416. (doi:10.1002/ajpa.24622)
Scott JE. 2021. Functional and phylogenetic variation in anthropoid incisor size. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 176, 390–401.
Terhune, C.E., Sylvester, A.D., Scott, J.E., Ravosa, M.J., 2020. Internal architecture of the mandibular condyle of rabbits is related to dietary resistance during growth. Journal of Experimental Biology 223, jeb220988. doi:10.1242/jeb.220988.
Nalley TK, Scott JE, Ward CV, Alemseged A. 2019. Comparative morphology and ontogeny of the thoracolumbar transition in great apes, humans, and fossil hominins. Journal of Human Evolution 134, 102632.
Scott JE. 2019. Macroevolutionary effects on primate trophic evolution and their implications for reconstructing primate origins. Journal of Human Evolution 133, 1-12.
Scott JE. 2018. Reevaluating cases of trait-dependent diversification in primates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 167, 244-256.
Scott JE, Campbell RM, Baj LM, Burns MC, Price MS, Sykes JD, Vinyard CJ. 2018. Dietary signals in the premolar dentition of primates. Journal of Human Evolution 121, 221-234.
Franks EM, Scott JE, McAbee KR, Scollan JP, Eastman MM, Ravosa MJ, 2017. Intracranial and hierarchical perspective on dietary plasticity in mammals. Zoology 124, 30-41.
Lewton KL, Scott JE, 2017. Ischial form as an indicator of bipedal kinematics in early homimins: a test using extant anthropoids. The Anatomical Record 300, 845-858.
Franks EM, Holton NE, Scott JE, McAbee KR, Rink JT, Pax KC, Pasquinelly AC, Scollan JP. Eastman MM, Ravosa MJ, 2016. Betwixt and between: intracranial perspective on zygomatic arch plasticity and function in mammals. The Antomical Record 229, 1646-1660.
Ravosa MJ, Menegaz RA, Scott JE, Daegling DJ, McAbee KR. Limitations of a morphological criterion of adaptive inference in the fossil record, 2016. Biological Reviews 91, 883-898.
Ravosa MJ, Scott JE, McAbee KR, Veit AJ, Fling AL. 2015. Chewed out: an experimental link between food mechanical propertiese and repetitive loading of the masticatory apparatus in mammals. PeerJ 3, e1345. (doi:10.7717peerj.1345).
Scott JE, 2015. Lost and found: the third molars of Callimico goeldii and the evolution of the callitrichine postcanine dentition. Journal of Human Evolution 83, 65-73.
Scott JE, McAbee KR, Eastman MM, Ravosa MJ, 2014. Teaching an old jaw new tricks: diet-induced plasticity in a model organism from weaning to adulthood. Journal of Experimental Biology 217, 4099-4107.