Zachary Klukkert, PhD
I am a Biological Anthropologist and an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Central Michigan University College of Medicine, where I teach Human Gross Anatomy to medical students. My research explores the evolution of primates and how these animals have interacted with their environments through time. Specifically, I study the functional anatomy that relates to feeding and the paleobiology and extinction of primate communities in the Caribbean and Madagascar.
An essential part of my work involves communicating with the public what we're learning from research into the recently-extinct primates and the changes that affected their habitats. In line with this goal, my colleagues and I contributed to the 2019 documentary "When Whales Walked." Forbes Science, Outside Magazine, and 7Días News in the Dominican Republic have also reported on aspects of this work. Finally, I am assisting with presenting new insights to the public in the countries that host my fieldwork with new and expanded museum and visitor center exhibits.