My name is Molly Selba and I have my doctorate in Biological Anthropology from the University of Florida. My research interests include comparative anatomy, cranial morphology, and science communication. I am most interested in how cranial morphology varies within and between species and how it is impacted by factors such as evolution and selective breeding practices. My previous research mainly focused on cranial morphology in an evolutionary context, however, I am currently researching the differences in cranial and endocranial morphology between brachycephalic and normocephalic dogs created by artificial selection for facial reduction. My dissertation research includes a comparative study of facial reduction across three representative taxa (bats, primates, and dogs), an analysis of modularity and integration across these three taxa, and further exploration of the effects of facial reduction in dogs through the analysis of their neuroanatomy.
I am also the anatomy teacher at Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia. My students and I explore anatomy (both Honors and On-Level) through a systems-based approach and work to relate it to our everyday lives. I am also the faculty sponsor for our school’s chapter of HOSA-Future Health Professionals, where we compete in medical-themed competitions at the country and state level.