Lauren N Butaric

Lauren N Butaric, PhD

Associate Professor

Department: MD-ANATOMY-GENERAL
Business Phone: (352) 273-5109
Business Email: lbutaric@ufl.edu

Accomplishments

Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence
2019 · College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University
Paul E. Emmans Outstanding Faculty Teacher Award
2019 · Faculty Welfare Committee, Des Moines University. Des Moines, Iowa
Board of Reviewers
2018-current · Anatomical Record. Journal of the American Association of Anatomists

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2024
GMS6607C Essential Human Anatomy

Research Profile

My research program largely focuses on the concept of human variation. My primary interest is in understanding not only how but why we vary as a species to better appreciate the diversity among human populations. I approach questions regarding human variation by using CT scans, 3D cranial modeling, and 3D geometric morphometrics to analyze the structural and environmental (e.g., high-altitude hypoxia, temperature, humidity) relationships affecting the upper respiratory system. I am additionally interested in the forensic and clinical applications of these patterns of variation. My additional research aim is to diversify the learning process, by making anatomy more applicable to the clinical setting our students will encounter in their future careers and to ensure we (as anatomy instructors) are utilizing evidence-based practices in our education. I am particularly interested in the utilization of 3D printing materials to enhance anatomical and ultrasound education in the anatomy labs.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0003-3743-2408

Publications

2024
Personal identification using frontal sinus coding methods: The effect of mixed image modality comparisons.
Journal of forensic sciences. 69(4):1155-1170 [DOI] 10.1111/1556-4029.15533. [PMID] 38682435.
2023
Age-Related Changes to Frontal Sinus Traits and Implications for Forensic Identification
Forensic Anthropology. [DOI] 10.5744/fa.2023.0016.
2023
Investigating the relationship between infraorbital canal morphology and maxillary sinus size.
Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007). 306(1):110-123 [DOI] 10.1002/ar.25007. [PMID] 35633032.
2023
Metabolic demands and sexual dimorphism in human nasal morphology: A test of the respiratory‐energetics hypothesis
American Journal of Biological Anthropology. 180(3):453-471 [DOI] 10.1002/ajpa.24692.
2022
Ancestry-based variation in maxillary sinus anatomy: Implications for health disparities in sinonasal disease.
Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007). 305(1):18-36 [DOI] 10.1002/ar.24644. [PMID] 33890723.
2022
Human maxillary sinus size, shape, and surface area: Implications for structural and functional hypotheses.
American journal of biological anthropology. 179(4):640-654 [DOI] 10.1002/ajpa.24630. [PMID] 36790751.
2022
Muscular anatomy of the forelimb of tiger (Panthera tigris).
Journal of anatomy. 241(1):119-144 [DOI] 10.1111/joa.13636. [PMID] 35107175.
2022
Ontogenetic patterns in human frontal sinus shape: A longitudinal study using elliptical Fourier analysis.
Journal of anatomy. 241(2):195-210 [DOI] 10.1111/joa.13687. [PMID] 35527424.
2022
Ontogenetic variation in human nasal morphology.
Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007). 305(8):1910-1937 [DOI] 10.1002/ar.24760. [PMID] 34549897.
2022
Technical Modifications for the Application of the Total Difference Method for Frontal Sinus Comparison.
Biology. 11(7) [DOI] 10.3390/biology11071075. [PMID] 36101453.
2022
The Effects of Cranial Orientation on Forensic Frontal Sinus Identification as Assessed by Outline Analyses.
Biology. 11(1) [DOI] 10.3390/biology11010062. [PMID] 35053060.
2021
Respiratory adaptation to climate in modern humans and Upper Palaeolithic individuals from Sungir and Mladeč.
Scientific reports. 11(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s41598-021-86830-x. [PMID] 33846400.
2020
Anatomical Sciences Education Among Biological Anthropology Graduates: a Solution to the Dearth of Anatomy Educators?
Medical science educator. 30(1):129-137 [DOI] 10.1007/s40670-019-00809-y. [PMID] 34457651.
2020
Revisiting global patterns of frontal sinus aplasia utilizing computed tomography.
Forensic science international. 315 [DOI] 10.1016/j.forsciint.2020.110458. [PMID] 32829218.
2019
Anatomical Variation in Maxillary Sinus Ostium Positioning: Implications for Nasal-Sinus Disease.
Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007). 302(6):917-930 [DOI] 10.1002/ar.24039. [PMID] 30471207.
2019
Climatic adaptation in human inferior nasal turbinate morphology: Evidence from Arctic and equatorial populations.
American journal of physical anthropology. 169(3):498-512 [DOI] 10.1002/ajpa.23840. [PMID] 30993687.
2018
Nasal variation in relation to high-altitude adaptations among Tibetans and Andeans.
American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council. 30(3) [DOI] 10.1002/ajhb.23104. [PMID] 29383793.
2017
A call for action: Why anthropologists can (and should) join the discussion on climate change through education.
American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council. 29(4) [DOI] 10.1002/ajhb.23002. [PMID] 28370807.
2017
Ecogeographic variation across morphofunctional units of the human nose.
American journal of physical anthropology. 162(1):103-119 [DOI] 10.1002/ajpa.23100. [PMID] 27670377.
2017
Zygomaticomaxillary Morphology and Maxillary Sinus Form and Function: How Spatial Constraints Influence Pneumatization Patterns among Modern Humans.
Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007). 300(1):209-225 [DOI] 10.1002/ar.23447. [PMID] 28000407.
2016
Morphological Covariation between the Maxillary Sinus and Midfacial Skeleton among Sub-Saharan and Circumpolar Modern Humans.
American journal of physical anthropology. 160(3):483-97 [DOI] 10.1002/ajpa.22986. [PMID] 27009746.
2015
Differential Scaling Patterns in Maxillary Sinus Volume and Nasal Cavity Breadth Among Modern Humans.
Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007). 298(10):1710-21 [DOI] 10.1002/ar.23182. [PMID] 26058686.
2013
The morphological interaction between the nasal cavity and maxillary sinuses in living humans.
Anatomical record (Hoboken, N.J. : 2007). 296(3):414-26 [DOI] 10.1002/ar.22655. [PMID] 23382025.
2010
A preliminary 3D computed tomography study of the human maxillary sinus and nasal cavity.
American journal of physical anthropology. 143(3):426-36 [DOI] 10.1002/ajpa.21331. [PMID] 20949613.

Grants

Jan 2025 ACTIVE
Empirical Analysis of Saw Mark Characteristics in Human Bone: Meeting Forensic Standards in Dismemberment Cases
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: DES MOINES UNIVERSITY via US DEPT OF JUSTICE NATL INST OF JUSTICE

Education

Ph.D., Anthropology
2013 · Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
M.A., Anthropology
2006 · Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida
B.A., Anthropology
2003 · University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-5109
Emails:
Business:
lbutaric@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Street:
D2-32E
1395 CENTER DR
GAINESVILLE FL 32611