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Year Started at JMU: 1997
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Research Description

I study the development and evolution of amphibian morphology, particularly the skeleton, lungs, limb and tail. The unifying theme of my research is to understand how cell and tissue properties, hormones and animal behaviors contribute to organ growth and development in animals that develop into larvae specialized for life in water and then transform into adults specialized for life on land. I also write about the role of popular culture and movies in teaching biology.

  • Animal Development (BIO 316)
  • Experimental Vertebrate Development (BIO 318)
  • Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates (BIO 320)
  • Biology in the Movies (HON 200)
  • Current Topics in Human Development and Evolution (BIO 451)
  • Scientific Writing, Presentation and Critical Thinking (BIO 491)

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  • PhD in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, 1993, Harvard, Cambridge, MA
  • MS in Marine Ecology, 1987, University of Victoria, BC, Canada
  • BS in Biology and Geology, 1984, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Select Publications
  • Rose, CS 2023. The cellular basis of cartilage growth and shape change in larval and metamorphosing Xenopus frogs. PLoS ONE 18(1):e0277100.
  • Rose CS. 2021. Amphibian hormones, calcium physiology, bone weight, and lung use call for a more inclusive approach to understanding ossification sequence evolution. Front Ecol Evol. 9. doi:10.3389/fevo.2021.620971.
  • Rose CS, Cahill JW.* 2019. How thyroid hormones and their inhibitors affect cartilage growth and shape in the frog Xenopus laevis. J Anat. 234(1):89–105. doi:10.1111/joa.12897.

*indicates student co-author

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