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Robin Feeney

Lecturer In Anatomy

School Of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7166620
Email: robin.feeney@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Feeney received her PhD in Physical Anthropology from The Ohio State University (USA) in conjunction with the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Germany), where she also held a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher. Her expertise is in dental anthropology with research interests in comparative human biology. Dr. Feeney joined UCD in 2011 as a Lecturer in Human Anatomy and Research Scientist in the Physical Anthropology Research Group.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2013.
Title: Irish Research Council Advanced Research Project Grant. Ref. RPG2013-2: From hunters to farmers: the evolution of human populations preceding the emergence of agriculture (Team Member). (343,814 EUR)
Year: 2010.
Title: Faculty Scholarship Grant (750 USD)
Year: 2010.
Title: Faculty Research Development and Presentation Grant (350 USD)
Year: 2007.
Title: European Union-funded Integrated Infrastructure Initiative Grant for access to the GB-TAF (access to the London Spitalfields archaeological collection, Natural History Museum, London, UK). (550 BPS)
Year: 2007.
Title: Beam-Time (12 shifts) on ID19 Synchrotron Beamline. (660 EUR plus beamline costs of approximately 10,000 EUR per day)
Year: 2006.
Title: Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2006-2009)
Year: 2005.
Title: First Prize Albert Dahlberg Student Research Competition (200 USD)
Year: 2005.
Title: Grants-in-Aid-of-Research. (300 USD)
Year: 2005.
Title: Seed Grant for the Development of Graduate Teaching Programs in the Department of Anthropology (Co-Principle Investigator). (5000 USD)

Associations

Association: The Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland , Function/Role: Member
Association: Physical Anthropology Women's Mentoring Network, Function/Role: Co-Founder and Member
Association: American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Function/Role: Member
Association: Dental Anthropology Association, Function/Role: Member
       

Committees

Committee : James B. Coakley Dissection Competition Coordinator
Committee : Ph.D. Supervisory Panel for Ms. Abigail Ash (School of Archaeology)
Committee : Anatomy Coordinator for Dissection Room, Clinical Skills Labs and Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) Labs
Committee : Anatomy Demonstrator / Medical Trainee Coordinator
Committee : Health and Safety Committee Member

Employment

Employer: University College Dublin, School of Medicine and Medical Science.
Position: Lecturer in Human Anatomy (2011-Present)
Employer: Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University, USA.
Position: Instructor of Anthropology (2010-2011)
Employer: Department of Human Evolution, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, DE.
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow (2009-2010)
Employer: Department of Anthropology, The Ohio State University, USA.
Position: Instructor of Anthropology (2003-2006)
Employer: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, RCMP E Division Major Crime Section, Port Coquitlam, Canada
Position: Forensic Search Technician for the Missing Women Task Force (2003)

Education

Year 2001 Institution: McGill University, PQ, Canada
Qualification: BA Subject: Honours Anthropology
Year 2003 Institution: University of Bradford
Qualification: MSc Subject: Forensic Anthropology
Year 2009 Institution: Ohio State University
Qualification: PhD Subject: Physical Anthropology

Languages

English:
French:
German:
   

Journals Edited

American Journal Of Physical Anthropology: Reviewer.
Journal Of Human Evolution: Reviewer.
Journal Of Dentistry (Jdr): Reviewer.

Other Activities

FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY ASSISTANCE: 

(1) Forensic Osteological Consultant for the Lowndes County Sheriff Department, Valdosta, Georgia. June 2011.

(2) Forensic Osteological Consultant for the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory, Valdosta, Georgia. November 2010, May 2011.

(3) Forensic Anthropology Student Consultant for the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT, Region V) training for a mock mass fatality airplane disaster at Rickenbacker Airport, Columbus, Ohio. 2005.

(4) Forensic Search Technician for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Missing Women Task Force, May-September 2003. RCMP E Division Major Crime Section, Port Coquitlam, Canada.

(5) Forensic Anthropology Internship at the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory, Gainesville, Florida. 2002. Supervised by Dr. Heather Walsh-Haney, University of Florida.
VIRTUAL ANTHROPOLOGY RESEARCH COLLECTIONS: 

(1) Construction of an extensive comparative collection of isolated modern human permanent and deciduous teeth (all tooth types and positions), from individuals of known sex, age and ethnicity. Approximately 300 of the 1400 teeth have been scanned using high-resolution micro-CT in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. (2006-ongoing)

(2) Performed high-resolution micro-CT scans of the Krapina and Vindija Neandertal isolated dental collections at The Croatian Natural History Museum in Zagreb, under the Department of Human Evolution at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. (2007)
ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD WORK: 

(1) Excavation at Les Cottés, Vienne, France (Mousterian, Chatelperronian, Early Aurignacian). 2007. Principal investigator: Dr. Marie Soressi, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.

(2) Excavation at San Marcos Pueblo, Galisteo Basin, New Mexico, USA. (architecture and occupational history of the Pueblo and Spanish Mission areas). 1999. Principal investigator: Dr. Ann Ramenofsky, The University of New Mexico

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

Feeney RNM, Zermeno JP, Reid DJ, Nakashima S, Sano H, Bahar A, Hublin J-J, Smith TS.; (2010) 'Enamel thickness in Asian human canines and premolars'. Anthropological Science, 118 (3):191-198. Link to full text [Details]
Nielsen-Marsh C, Stegemann C, Hoffman R, Smith T, Feeney R, Toussaint M, Harvati K, Panagopoulou E, Hublin J-J, Richards M.; (2009) 'Extraction and sequencing of human and Neanderthal mature enamel proteins using MALDI-TOF/TOF MS'. JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 36 :1758-1763. [DOI] [Details]
Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Feeney RNM, Macchiarelli R, Mazurier A, Bondioli L, Rosas A, Fortea J, de la Rasilla M, Garcia-Tabernero A, Radovčić J, Skinner MM, Toussaint M, Hublin J-J.; (2008) 'Dental tissue proportions and enamel thickness in Neandertal and modern human molars'. Journal of Human Evolution, 55 :12-23. [DOI] [Details]
Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Skinner MM, Grine FE, Feeney RNM, Thackeray JF, Hublin J-JH. ; (2008) 'Three-dimensional molar enamel distribution and thickness in Australopithecus and Paranthropus'. Biology Letters, 4 :406-410. [DOI] [Details]
Olejniczak AJ, Tafforeau P, Feeney RNM, Martin LB.; (2008) 'Three-dimensional primate molar enamel thickness'. Journal of Human Evolution, 54 :187-195. [DOI] [Details]
Newell EA, Guatelli-Steinberg D, Field M, Cooke C, Feeney RNM; (2006) 'Life history, crown formation, and linear enamel hypoplasia in the Ceboidea'. American journal of physical anthropology, 131 :252-260. [DOI] [Details]
Feeney RNM.; (2005) 'Investigation of ultrasound methods for the assessment of sex and age from human intact teeth'. Dental Anthropology, 18 :2-11. Available Online Link to full text [Details]
 

Conference Publications

MK O'Reilly, L Glacken, JE O'Connor, RNM Feeney, JFX Jones (2014) 3D printing in the anatomical sciences 7th INMED (Irish Network of Medical Educators) Annual Scientific Meeting Belfast, United Kingdom, , 19-FEB-14 - 21-FEB-14 [Details]
Feeney RNM, Sylvester AD, Hublin J-J. ; (2011) Dental tissue allometry in modern human males and females American Association of Physical Anthropologists American Journal of Physical Anthropology S52:134, [Details]
Feeney RNM, Olejniczak AJ, Hublin J-J.; (2010) Three-dimensional microtomographic analysis of sexual dimorphism in human molar-crown tissues American Association of Physical Anthropologists American Journal of Physical Anthropology S50:103, [Details]
Feeney RNM, Olejniczak AJ, Guatelli-Steinberg D, Hublin J-J. ; (2009) Variation in dental tissue distribution in molar crowns of human males and females American Association of Physical Anthropologists American Journal of Physical Anthropology S48:127, [Details]
Feeney RNM. ; (2008) Sexual dimorphism and tissue distribution in modern human molars 14th International Symposium on Dental Morphology Greifswald, Germany, [Details]
Kupczik K, Olejniczak AJ, Feeney RNM, Skinner MM, Smith TM, Hublin J-J.; (2007) On the relative size of crowns and roots in hominoid molars Proceedings of the 7th Congress of the German Anthropological Association Freiburg, Germany, [Details]
Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Skinner MM, Grine FE, Feeney RNM, Thackeray JF, Hublin J-JH.; (2007) Molar tissue volumes and enamel thickness in South African fossil hominins The Paleoanthropology Association Paleoanthropology A21-22, [Details]
Feeney RNM, Olejniczak AJ.; (2007) Quantification of inter-observer error in 3D dental tissue measurements American Association of Physical Anthropologists American Journal of Physical Anthropology S44:107, [Details]
Olejniczak AJ, Smith TM, Macchiarelli R, Mazurier A, Bondioli L, Rosas A, Fortea J, de la Rasilla M, García-Tabernero A, Skinner MM, Feeney RNM, Hublin J-J.; (2006) Enamel volume and thickness in Neandertal molars: a microtomographic investigation 2D and 3D Insights into Human Evolution Max Planck Institute-EVA, Leipzig, Germany, [Details]
Feeney RNM.; (2005) Investigation of ultrasound methods for the assessment of sex and age from human intact teeth American Association of Physical Anthropologists American Journal of Physical Anthropology S40:102, [Details]
                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

As a Physical Anthropologist, I focus on biological variation and evolution in humans and other extant and fossil primates from their skeletal and dental material. My research in comparative human biology focuses on size and shape variation in dental tissues using micro-CT imaging and visualisation technology to non-destructively view and measure internal structures. My research aims to (1) Understand the sources of variation in human dental morphology, (2) Contribute to understanding evolutionary morphological changes in dental tissues in the human lineage, and (3) Extending this knowledge to clinical and biomedical applications of dental morphological variation.
 

Recent Postgraduates

Mr. Kevin Reilly, M.Sc. Anatomy 2014, thesis title "Enamel Thickness Variation in Human Molars and its Importance for the Practice of Interproximal Reduction".
 

Current Postgraduate Students

Thomas Collin, Master of Science (MSc)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Brian Long, Master of Science (MSc)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Aneeta Kamran Hussain, Master of Science (MSc)   -   Thesis Supervisor

Teaching

Teaching Philosophy

Modules Coordinated

201400   ANAT10030     Human Anatomy: Forensic Anthropology
201400   ANAT10110     Human Anatomy: Clinical Human Anatomy I
201400   MDSA20010     Medicine Systems One: GIT/Liver Biology
       

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

School of Archaeology (Prof. Ron Pinhasi).
 
School of Medicine and Medical Science, Anatomy Section (Prof. James Jones).

External Collaborators

Harvard University, Cambridge, USA (Dr. Tanya Smith).
 
Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA (Dr. Adam Sylvester).

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, DE / European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Grenoble, FR (Dr. Adeline LeCabec).

University of Bologna, Ravenna, IT (Drs. Stefano Benazzi and Laura Butti).