Kevin Middleton

Associate Professor

University of Missouri

The lab is part of the Integrative Anatomy group in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

Our research focuses on vertebrate musculoskeletal physiology, form, and function in the contexts of animal locomotion and evolution. We integrate studies across multiple scales from micro-scale structural materials of bone to macro-scale whole bone morphology to evolutionary changes across vertebrate taxa and with comparisons to extinct organisms.

From 2007-2012, I was an assistant and then associate professor in the Department of Biology at California State University, San Bernardino. Prior to that I was a postdoctoral researcher at Brown University and the University of California, Riverside. In deep time, I was an undergraduate at Wake Forest University and then a doctoral student in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University. Here's a link to my dissertation: Morphology, evolution, and function of the avian hallux.


  • Functional morphology
  • Anatomy
  • Biomechanics
  • Bayesian inference
  • Statistical teaching


  • PhD in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, 2003

    Brown University

  • BS in Biology, 1995

    Wake Forest University