Kevin Middleton (he/him)

I am an Associate Professor in the MU Division of Biological Sciences. My interests include Bayesian inference, Functional morphology, Biomechanics, and Statistical teaching. I’m an active member of the informal DataPhiles discussion group.

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Previously I was a faculty member in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences in the University of Missouri School of Medicine. From 2007-2012, I was 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.

If you want to read about bird foot evolution, here’s a link to my dissertation: Morphology, evolution, and function of the avian hallux.

I firmly believe in (a modified version of) Federico Ardila’s basic axioms:

Axiom 1. Quantitative biology potential is distributed equally among different groups, irrespective of geographic, demographic, and economic boundaries.

Axiom 2. Everyone can have joyful, meaningful, and empowering quantitative biology experiences.

Axiom 3. Quantitative biology is a powerful, malleable tool that can be shaped and used differently by various communities to serve their needs.

Axiom 4. Every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

Graduate Researchers

Interested in graduate studies?

If you an interested in graduate study in the Division of Biological Sciences, send me an email .

Undergraduate Researchers

Adam Albright

  • Mechanisms of insect flight, Imaging and CT scanning, Genetics
  • Biological Sciences Major

Josh Fajardo

  • Locomotor biomechanics, machine learning, developing tools for studying mouse locomotion
  • University of Missouri, 2022

Maddy LaChance

  • Cranial morphology in mice, Geometric morphometrics
  • MU Cherng Summer Scholar
  • University of Missouri, 2022

Interested in undergraduate research?

If you an interested in undergraduate research, send me an email .

Lab Alumni

Graduate Researchers

Sarah Peacock

  • Effects of light on bone phenotypes, Modern human variation, Human craniofacial morphology, Forensic anthropology
  • PhD University of Missouri, 2019
  • Currently an Assistant Teaching Professor at Northeastern University

Amanda Smolinsky

  • Skeletal evolution, Locomotor evolution in vertebrates, Effects of loading on bone phenotypes, Functional morphology
  • PhD University of Missouri, 2018
  • Currently an Assistant Professor at St. Norbert College

Brittney Coats

  • Energy regulation, Inflammatory role of adipose tissue
  • MS CSU San Bernardino 2012
  • PhD University of Chicago
  • Currently at ITW David Speer Academy, Chicago, IL

Lauren English

  • Morphometrics of pterosaurs
  • MS CSU San Bernardino 2012
  • PhD University of Texas at Austin
  • Currently a museum scientist at University of California, Riverside

Susan Lujan

  • Effects of atmospheric oxygen on growth in alligators
  • MS CSU San Bernardino 2012
  • Currently a lecturer at CSU San Bernardino

Undergraduate Researchers

Kayla Robinson (2021-2022)

  • MU DBS Honors Student

Alec Wilken (2016-2019)

  • Currently doctoral student at the University of Chicago

Caitlyn Smith (2016-2018)

  • Currently a student in the University of Missouri School of Medicine

Kendra Lewis (2018)

  • MU School of Medicine Summer Research Intern from Washington University in St. Louis

Rebecca Meyer (2016-2018)

  • Currently in medical school at the Kentucky College of Medicine

Nick Bira (2014-2018)

  • C3 Hughes Research Fellow
  • Completed PhD at Oregon State University, 2022

Kyle Kirkland (2015)

  • MU School of Medicine Summer Research Intern from Michigan State University

Michael Sojka (2014-2015)

  • C3 Hughes Research Fellow, MU School of Journalism

Tarrin Casey, MD (2014)

  • Graduate from the University of Missouri School of Medicine

Diana Salas (2013)

  • MU School of Medicine Summer Research Intern from Indiana University