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Tonya Penkrot

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Lecturer (Anatomy/Physciology)
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 0320
Biography

Tonya Penkrot grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.  She was inspired by her contacts and mentors both at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History to pursue a career in vertebrate paleontology, and she went on to earn her doctorate in functional anatomy and evolution from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her specialty is fossil mammals of Paleocene-Eocene age (specifically, 65-53 millions years old), and she loves discussing evolution, fossils, and especially, the diversity of mammals, living and extinct. Penkrot loves field work where she can camp in the badlands and look for mammal fossils, and has spent almost every summer for the past 18 years doing exactly that!  She has been teaching human anatomy and physiology on the Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus since 2009, and BIO 182: General Biology II since 2017. Penkrot has been a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology since 1999, and is also a member of the American Association of Anatomists, the American Society of Mammalogists, and the National Association of Biology Teachers.

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Education
  • Ph.D. Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2010
  • B.S. Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh 2000
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Research Interests

Functional morphology; mammalian paleontology, focused on the Paleocene and Eocene; comparative anatomy

Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
ABS 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II
ABS 492Honors Directed Study
ABS 493Honors Thesis
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 182General Biology II
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 494Special Topics
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
BIO 202Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 494Special Topics
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
BIO 201Human Anatomy/Physiology I
BIO 494Special Topics
Professional Associations
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, regular member, since 1999
  • American Society of Mammalogy, regular member, since 2001
  • American Association of Anatomists, regular member
  • Society for the Study of Mammalian Evolution, regular member
  • National Association of Biology Teachers, regular member