- M.S. 2005 (Organismal Biology and Ecology) University of Montana, Missoula, MT.
- B.A. magna cum laude 1997 (Anthropology) University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.
- 2008-present: University of Montana, Lecturer, Division of Biological Sciences
- 2005-present: Lab Manager, Fort Missoula Research Station
- 2009-2010: University of Montana, Adjunct Faculty, School of Physical Therapy
- 2005-2008: University of Montana, Adjunct Instructor, Division of Biological Sciences
Graduate and Undergraduate Experience
- 2002-2005: University of Montana, Graduate Teaching Assistant: Human Anatomy and Physiology
- 2002: El Zota Biological Station, Costa Rica, Teaching Assistant: Primate Ecology (Dr. J. D. Pruetz)
- 2001: University of Montana, Field Assistant: Red-backed Vole Movement Patterns (D. Ucitel)
- 2001: Senegal, Africa, Field Assistant: Chimpanzee census and habituation (Dr. J.D. Pruetz)
- 1998: ITEC Field Station, Panama, Teaching Assistant: Primate Ecology Field Course (Dr. M. Sauther)
- 1997: La Suerte Biological Station, Costa Rica, TA: Primate Ecology Field Course (Dr. M. Sauther)
- 1996: University of Colorado, Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Primate Behavior (Dr. M. Sauther)
- 1996: University of Colorado, Editing Assistant, Department of Ethnic Studies (Dr. J. James and W. Churchill)
- 1995-1996: University of Colorado Museum, Preparator, Geology Section (Dr. P. Robinson)
- 1995: University of Colorado, Undergraduate TA: Intro to Physical Anthropology (Dr. H. H. Covert)
Grants / Fellowships/ Awards
- 2011 University of Montana, Faculty Merit Award, Division of Biological Sciences
- 2005 University of Montana, Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant, DBS
- 2003 University of Montana, Graduate Student Association Travel Award ($200)
- 2001 University of Montana, IBS-CORE Summer 2001 Research Fellowship ($2100)
- 1996 University of Colorado Vertebrate Paleontology Endowment Fund ($300)
- 1995-1996 Hughes Initiative Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program ($1000)
- H. D. Davis and K. P. Dial (2004) Bipeds Ascending: Avian Locomotor Performance During Incline Running. Integr. & Comp. Biol. 43(6): 1031.
- J.D. Pruetz, K. Mc Murry, H. D. Davis and V. Gann (1998). Seed dispersal of a pioneer tree species (Castilla elastica) by Mantled Howler monkeys (Alouatta palliatta) in Costa Rica. Amer J Primatol 45:201.
I have always been interested in evolutionary biology and morphology, whether working with non-human primates and fossil ungulates, as I have in the past or in terms of my graduate work on the evolution of avian flight. My thesis research involved examining the kinematics of wing assisted incline running (WAIR) in basal avian taxa (ratites and tinamiformes) and the possible implications of such a plesiomorphic behavior to transitional stages of locomotion during the evolution of bird flight. I am also fascinated by the relationship between form and function, particularly with regard to avian shoulder morphology and locomotor performance on inclines in the context of WAIR. I am involved in actively promoting science education in public schools, particularly in the face of current threats to the integrity of science curricula from organizations with religious agendas. I am a member of the National Center for Science Education.
EMT-B with Missoula Emergency Services Inc., Flying (Private Pilot)