Lauren Butaric, Ph.D.

Assistant ProfessorAnatomy
Master of Science in Anatomy Program
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program
Office Phone 515-271-1651
  • Ph.D., Anthropology. Texas A&M University
  • M.A., Anthropology. Florida Atlantic University
  • B.A., Anthropology. University of Central Florida

Lauren Butaric joined DMU from the University of Missouri, where she was a lecturer and lab instructor in anatomy. Dr. Butaric received her Ph.D. in biological anthropology from Texas A&M University; she also holds a master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. Her primary research focuses on craniofacial variation in modern humans, specifically the internal structures of the face. Using computed tomography, she assesses the size and 3D shape of the internal nasal cavity and surrounding paranasal sinuses. By looking at globally distributed populations, Dr. Butaric analyzes which factors, such as diverse environmental pressures and/or overall skull shape, play a role in shaping these structures. Her ultimate goal is to better understand not only how, but why we vary as a species.

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Modern human biology; craniofacial ontogeny and evolution; upper respiratory physiology, w/ emphasis on nasal cavity and paranasal sinus morphology; Neanderthal & modern human evolution; high altitude and climatic adaptation


Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • 2017 Butaric LN, Light LEO, Juengst SL. A call for action: why anthropologists can (and should) join the discussion on climate change through education. American Journal of Human Biology Special Issue: Humans in Marginal Environments. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.23002
  • 2017 Maddux SD, Butaric LN. Zygomaticomaxillary morphology and maxillary sinus form and function: How spatial constraints influence pneumatization patterns among modern humans. Anatomical Record Special Issue: Zygomatic Form and Function. Anat Rec 300:209-225.
  • 2017 Maddux SD, Butaric LN, Yokley T, Franciscus R. Ecogeographic variation across morphofunctional units of the human nose. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162:103–119.
  • 2016 Butaric LN, Maddux SD. Morphological covariation between the maxillary sinus and midfacial skeleton among sub-Saharan and circumpolar modern humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 160: 483-497.
  • 2015 Butaric LN. Differential scaling patterns of maxillary sinus volume and nasal cavity breadth among modern humans. Anatomical Record 298:1710-1721.
  • 2014 Hammer RD, Butaric LN. Arrested pneumatization with extramedullary hematopoiesis of the clivus/sphenoid simulating metastatic carcinoma. Austin Journal of Anatomy 1:2.
  • 2013 Holton NE, Yokley TR, Butaric LN. The morphological interaction between the nasal cavity and maxillary sinuses in living humans. Anatomical Record 296: 414-426.
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