School of
Integrative Biology
Philip S L Anderson

202A Shelford Vivarium
Office: 217-300-2855

Mail: 101 Shelford Vivarium, 608 East Healey Street Champaign, IL 61820
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Philip S L Anderson
Assistant Professor


PhD: University of Chicago, IL
BA: Carleton College, MN

Teaching Interests

Comparative Anatomy

Comparative evolutionary biomechanics in both vertebrates and invertebrates, particularly to examine how the laws of physics and mechanics influence evolutionary processes; combining kinematics and fracture mechanics to examine the evolution of biological cutting/puncture systems; biomechanical and morphological diversification in deep-time; evolution of multi-part biomechanical systems; paleobiomechanics

Representative Publications

Hu, Y., Nelson-Maney*, N. and Anderson, P. S. L., 2017. Common evolutionary trends underlie the four-bar linkage systems of sunfish and mantis shrimp. Evolution 71(5): 1397-1405.

MacLaren, J. A., Anderson, P. S. L., Barrett, P. M. and Rayfield, E. J., 2017. Herbivorous dinosaur jaw disparity and its relationship to extrinsic evolutionary drivers. Paleobiology 43(1): 15-33.

Muñoz, M. M., Anderson, P. S. L. and Patek, S. N., 2017. Mechanical sensitivity and the dynamics of evolutionary rate shifts in biomechanical systems. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B 284:20162325.

Anderson, P. S. L., Smith*, D. C. and Patek, S. N., 2016. Competing influences on morphological modularity in biomechanical systems: a case study in mantis shrimp. Evolution & Development. 18(3): 171-181.

Anderson, P. S. L., LaCosse, J. and Pankow, M., 2016. Point of impact: the effects of size and speed on puncture mechanics. Interface Focus 6: 20150111. doi:10.1098/rsfs.2015.0111.

Anderson, P. S. L. and Patek, S. N., 2015. Mechanical sensitivity reveals evolutionary dynamics of mechanical systems. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282(1804). doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.3088.

Anderson, P. S. L., Claverie, T. and Patek, S. N., 2014. Levers and linkages: mechanical trade-offs in a power-amplified system. Evolution 68(7): 1919-33. doi:10.1111/evo.12407.

Anderson, P. S. L., Renaud, S. and Rayfield, E. J., 2014. Adaptive plasticity in the mouse mandible. BMC Evolutionary Biology. 14: 85-93. doi:10.1186/1471-2148-14-85

Anderson, P. S. L., Friedman, M, and Ruta, M., 2013. Late to the Table: Diversification of tetrapod mandibular biomechanics lagged behind the evolution of terrestriality. Integrative and Comparative Biology 53(2): 197-208. doi:10.1093/icb/ict006

Anderson, P. S. L. and Rayfield, E. J., 2012. Virtual experiments, physical validation: dental morphology at the intersection of experiment and theory. Royal Society Interface 9: 1846-1855.