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 2009. Generating, growing and transforming skeletal shape: insights from amphibian pharyngeal arch cartilages. BioEssays 31: 287-299. DOI: 10.1002/bies.200800059.
  • Rose, CS, D Murawinski and V Horne 2015. Deconstructing cartilage shape and size into contributions from embryogenesis, metamorphosis and tadpole and frog growth. J Anat 226: 575-595. DOI: 10.1111/joa.12303.
  • Rose, CS 2005. Integrating ecology and developmental biology to explain the timing of frog metamorphosis. Trends Ecol Evol 20(3): 129-135. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2005.01.005.

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