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Sarah-Louise Decrausaz


2012-2014: MA in Biological Anthropology, University of Victoria, Canada

2007-2012: Hon BSc Specialist Major in Biological Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada


Research Interests

My research interests include skeletal biology, pelvic morphometrics, growth and development and human morphological variation in the biocultural context of pregnancy and childbirth. My dissertation research focuses on the biological and biocultural influences on the growth of the female pelvis from childhood to adulthood in living women, making use of both traditional osteometric techniques and medical imaging. The objective of this research is to understand pelvic growth in living women in order to better track and quantify the uniquely human obstetric dilemma in past populations.


Research Supervision

Principle Supervisor: Dr Jay Stock



I am involved in the supervising and demonstrating for the following courses:

  • Paper BAN1 Humans in biological perspective
  • Paper BAN6 Evolution within our species
  • Paper NST Part 1A Evolution and behaviour


Other Professional Activities

Member of Darwin college

Key Publications

Kurki HK, Decrausaz SL. 2015. Shape variation in the human pelvis and limb skeleton: Implications for obstetric adaptation. American journal of physical anthropology 159:630-638. doi:10.1002/ajpa.22922