Dr Rachel Norris

Rachel Norris
Senior Lecturer
School of Animal and Veterinary Science
Faculty of Sciences

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Dr Rachel Norris

Research Interests

  • Interspecific and intraspecific variation in morphology of mammals
  • Osteology and Craniometry of Mammals
  • Geometric Morphometrics
  • Skeletal anatomy of vertebrates
  • Evolution of hominids

Current research includes musculoskeletal fitness in small athletic mammals; microevolution in canid craniometry; dingo skeletal morphometrics; craniometric variation in marsupials; climbing adaptations in marsupials and primates and craniometric diversity in papionine primates for interpretation in hominind phylogeny.

 

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 Head, Department of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience University of Adelaide
2007 Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy The University of Adelaide
1996 - 2007 Wood Jones Lecturer in Comparative Anatomy The University of Adelaide
1992 - 1996 Associate Lecturer in Comparative Anatomy The University of Adelaide

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
The University of Adelaide Australia PhD
The University of Adelaide Australia BSc (Hons: Zoology)
The University of Adelaide Australia BSc (Zoology major)

Keywords

Anatomy & Morphology, Evolutionary Biology

Journals

Date Citation
2016 Pols,S, Henneberg,M, Norris,R, 2016, Cranial Arterial Patterning in Greyhounds: Another Case of Internal Intraspecific Variation, Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series C: Anatomia Histologia Embryologia, 45, 3, 161-172 10.1111/ahe.12182
2014 Zammit,M, Kear,B, Norris,R, 2014, Locomotory capabilities in the Early Cretaceous ichthyosaur Platypterygius australis based on osteological comparisons with extant marine mammals, Geological Magazine, 151, 1, 87-99 10.1017/S0016756813000782
2013 Zammit,M, Norris,R, 2013, Sex determination in adults of two otariid species (Neophoca cinerea and Arctophoca australis forsteri) based on osteology of the pelvis, Marine Mammal Science, 29, 4, 515-519 10.1111/mms.12011
2010 Zammit,M, Norris,R, Kear,B, 2010, The Australian Cretaceous ichthyosaur Platypterygius australis: a description and review of postcranial remains, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 30, 6, 1726-1735 10.1080/02724634.2010.521930
2008 Anderson,K, Henneberg,M, Norris,R, 2008, Anatomy of the nasal profile, Journal of Anatomy, 213, 2, 210-216 10.1111/j.1469-7580.2008.00924.x
2007 Norris,R, Henneberg,M, Kuperavage,A, Eckhardt,R, 2007, Koalas, Papionines and Humans: understanding variation and diversity in human evolution, Human Evolution: International Journal, 22, 1-2, 59-66
2005 Stephan,C, Norris,R, Henneberg,M, 2005, Does sexual dimorphism in facial soft tissue depths justify sex distinction in craniofacial identification?, Journal of Forensic Sciences, 50, 3, 513-518 10.1520/JFS2004251
2002 Coussens,A, Anson,T, Norris,R, Henneberg,M, 2002, Sexual dimorphism in the robusticity of long bones of infants and young children, Przeglad Antropologiczny, 65, 3-16
1996 Mahony,M, Norris,R, Donnellan,S, 1996, Karyotypes of frogs from south-west Pacific Ranid Frogs (Anura:Ranidae), Australian Journal of Zoology, 44, 2, 119-128 10.1071/ZO9960119

Books

Date Citation
2012 Locket,A, Norris,R, McLennan,A, 2012, Locket's 3D anatomy cutouts, McGraw-Hill, Australia

Conference Papers

Date Citation
2007 Norris,R, Eckhardt,R, Kuperavage,A, Henneberg,M, 2007, Morphological variation within primate species: papionines versus koalas, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (Philadelphia, PA), Philadelphia, PA 10.1002/ajpa.20575
2007 Kuperavage,A, Eckhardt,R, Norris,R, Henneberg,M, 2007, Binary cranial contrasts and hypothetical species demarcations versus sources of real intrapopulation variation: LB1 and other test cases., Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (Philadelphia, PA), Philadelphia 10.1002/ajpa.20574
2006 Sommer,H, Kuperavage,A, Eckhardt,R, Norris,R, Henneberg,M, 2006, Comparison of coordinate digitizers for cranial surfaces., Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (Anchorage, AK), Anchorage, AK
2006 Norris,R, Kuperavage,A, Eckhardt,R, Sommer,H, Henneberg,M, 2006, Morphological and molecular measures of papionine diversity as standards for the interpretation of hominin diversity., Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (Anchorage, AK), Anchorage, AK
2005 Henneberg,M, Stephan,C, Norris,R, 2005, Sources of biological variation. Is sex really important?, Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (Milwaukee, WI), Anchorage, AK 10.1002/ajpa.20217
2003 Brennan,M, Norris,R, Henneberg,M, 2003, Hand and forearm musculature of the brachiating apes: with particular reference to the structure and function of the Orang Utan (Pongo pygmaeus). Implications for hominid evolution., Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Society for Human Biology (Perth, Western Australia), Perth, Western Australia 10.1078/0018-442X-00054

Conference Items

Date Citation
2007 Norris,R, Henneberg,M, Kuperavage,A, Eckhardt,R, 2007, Koalas, papionines and humans: Understanding variation and diversity in human evolution

2016                Faculty of Science e-Learning Grant $5,000 (completed - produced 22 interactive canine musculoskeletal anatomy resources)

2015                School of Animal and Veterinary Science Seed Grant $4,000

ARC Discovery Grant $225,000

'Implications of morphological and molecular measures of diversity in papionine primates for interpretation of hominid phylogeny'

Investigators: Henneberg, M, Norris, RM, Eckhardt, R.

Main teaching is within the Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Bioscience) program

  • VET SC 2510A/BRW Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology II
  • VET SC 3520A/BRW Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology III

Guest appearances in

  • ANIML SC 2506RW Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • ANIML SC 2500RW Companion Animal and Equine Studies

Simon Pols - Microevolution of the Canidae with particular reference to the dingo (primary supervisor; co-supervisors Maciej Henneberg, Bradley Smith)

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
1998 Member International Society of Vertebrate Morphologists
1989 Member The Willi Hennig Society United States

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2013 Chair Veterinary Bioscience Program Management Committee University of Adelaide Australia
2013 Member Learning and Teaching Management Committee School of Animal and Veterinary Science, University of Adelaide Australia
2013 Member Admissions Committee School of Animal and Veterinary Science, The University of Adelaide Australia
Position
Senior Lecturer
Phone
83137901
Fax
8313 7956
Campus
Roseworthy
Building
Eastick Building
Room Number
1 12
Org Unit
Veterinary Science

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