Dr. Mark Teaford is an international leader in physical anthropology and an innovator in anatomy education. He did his undergraduate work in anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and his graduate work in anthropology and anatomy at the University of Illinois, where he received his Ph.D. in anthropology. Following his graduate training, he took an NIH-Postdoctoral Fellowship in anatomy at Johns Hopkins University and then joined the faculty there, eventually becoming Full Professor in the Center for Functional Anatomy & Evolution and Director of the Anatomy Course in the School of Medicine. While at Johns Hopkins, he helped oversee the implementation of a new medical curriculum and the construction of a new Medical Education Building. He also won the prestigious W. Barry Wood Award for Outstanding Preclinical Teaching, and the Professor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to his love for teaching, Dr. Teaford is an internationally-recognized researcher in physical anthropology, with over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 3 edited books, 150 national/international scientific presentations, and over $1.5 million in grant support during his career. He is committed to repaying those benefits back to the academic community through numerous service opportunities. He is currently Co-Editor of the Journal of Human Evolution, he has reviewed grants and manuscripts for innumerable agencies and journals, and he has been actively-involved in the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Maryland State Anatomy Board. Whenever possible, Dr. Teaford tries to reach out to the local community, giving talks to elementary and secondary schools, libraries, and non-profit organizations.
Select Publications (Selected from over 100 peer-reviewed publications)
1. Grine, F.E., Sponheimer, M., Ungar, P.S., Lee-Thorp, J., and Teaford, M.F. (2012). How dental microwear and stable isotopes inform the paleoecology of extinct hominins. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 148: 285-317.
2. Darnell, L., Livi, K.J., Teaford, M.F., and Weihs, T.P. (2010). Enamel microstructure and enamel properties in Alouatta palliata. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 141: 7-15.
3. Chollet, M.B., Teaford, M.F., Garofalo, E.M., and DeLeon, V.B. (2009) Student laboratory presentations as a learning tool in anatomy education. Anat. Sci. Educ. 2: 260-264.
4. Organ, J.M., Teaford, M.F., and Taylor, A.B. (2009) Fiber architecture of lateral caudal musculature in the Platyrrhini (Primates) and Procyonidae (Carnivora). Anat. Rec. 292: 827-841.
5. Ungar, P.S., Grine, F.E., and Teaford, M.F. (2008) Dental microwear and diet of the Plio-Pleistocene hominin Paranthropus boisei. PLoS One 3(4): e2044.
6. Scott, R.S., Ungar, P.S., Bergstrom, T.S., Brown, C.A., Grine, F.E., Teaford, M.F., and Walker, A. (2005). Dental microwear texture analysis shows within-species diet variability in fossil hominins. Nature 436: 693-695.
7. Dennis, J.C., Ungar, P.S., Teaford, M.F., and Glander, K.E. (2004) Dental topography and molar wear in Alouatta palliata from Costa Rica. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 125: 152-161.
8. Raphael, K., Marbach, J., and Teaford, M.F. (2003). Is bruxism severity a predictor of oral splint efficacy in patients with myofascial face pain? J Oral Rehabil. 30: 17-29.
9. Cuy, J.L, Mann, A.B., Livi, K.J., Teaford, M.F. and Weihs, T.P. (2002) Nanoindentation mapping of the mechanical properties of molar enamel. Arch. Oral Biol. 47: 281-291.
10. Teaford, M.F. and Ungar, P.S. (2000) Diet and the evolution of the earliest human ancestors. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 97: 13506-13511.