Natalie Laudicina

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Natalie Laudicina

France ArchaeologyMatriculated September 2013

When Natalie was in kindergarten, she told her teacher that she wanted to be a paleontologist when she grew up. Continuing along a similar career track, Natalie has since received a B.S. in Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Michigan (2012) before joining the Biological Anthropology doctoral program at Boston University in 2013.

Natalie’s research interests include hominin evolution with a focus on the pelvis and clavicles.  For her doctoral research, Natalie is examining how changes in pelvic and shoulder morphology across hominin evolution has impacted birth mechanics. Natalie’s research combines laboratory techniques, museum collections, and fieldwork. Previously, Natalie has worked multiple field seasons in Wyoming (Eocene primates) and at the Neanderthal cave site, La Ferrassie.


Dean’s Fellowship

AAPA Committee on Diversity Women’s Initiative and the Elsevier Foundation New Scholars Program

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Honorable Mention.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation Doctoral Fieldwork Grant. Title “Examining the Evolution of Human Birth: A Novel Approach”

Boston University Short Term Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship (GRAF)


Laudicina, N. M., & Cartmill, M. (2018). Re-examining birth constraints in non-human primates. In American Journal of Physical Anthropology 165, 153-154. 

Ogamba, M., Loverro, K., Laudicina, N., Gill, S., Lewis, C. (2016). Changes in gait with anteriorly added mass: A pregnancy simulation study. Journal of Applied Biomechanics 32, 379-389.

Laudicina, N. M., & Cartmill, M. (2016). Clavicle length and shoulder breadth in hominoid evolution. In American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159, 202-203.

DeSilva JD., Laudicina N., Rosenberg, K., Trevathan, W. (2017). Neonatal shoulder width suggests a semi-rotational, oblique birth mechanism in Australopithecus afarensis. The Anatomical Record 300(5): 890-899.

Lewis, C. L., Laudicina, N. M., Khuu, A., & Loverro, K. L. (2017). The human pelvis: Variation in structure and function during gait. The Anatomical Record300(4), 633-642.


2018-2019 Student Liaison to the American Association of Physical Anthropologist’s Executive Committee

2016-2018 Sole Instructor, Summer Term, Boston University