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Habiba Chirchir

Habiba Chirchir standing in front of fossil casts collection holding a femur

Habiba Chirchir is a biological anthropologist. Her research focuses on understanding the relationship between changes in skeletal anatomy and behavior by investigating trabecular and cortical bone. She conducts comparative analyses of anatomical features in fossil hominins, modern humans, other primates and non-primate mammals. She uses CT and X-ray imaging in her research. Habiba earned a BA from the University of Nairobi, an MA from New York University and PhD from George Washington University.

Habiba’s work mostly involves data collection in museum laboratories. She has also participated in paleoanthropological fieldwork in East Africa and the UK. Habiba continues to investigate differences in bone density patterns in limb joints of a diverse group of mammals; research she started as a Peter Buck postdoctoral fellow in our program.

Apart from research, Habiba teaches courses on Human Anatomy and Human Biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Marshall University. She also is involved in student mentorship in her lab.

Selected peer reviewed publications

Chirchir H., Zeininger A., Nakatsukasa M., Ketcham RA., Richmond BG. (2016, in press) Does trabecular bone structure within the metacarpal heads of primates vary with hand posture? C. R. Palevol, xx:xx-xx

​Chirchir H. (2016) Limited trabecular bone density heterogeneity in the human skeleton. Anatomy Research International. Volume 2016 Article ID 9295383

​Chirchir, H., Ruff, C.B., Helgen, K. M., Potts, R. (2016) Trabecular bone mass and daily travel distance in mammals. The FASEB Journal 30: 779.15-779.15

Chirchir, H., Ruff, C.B. (2016) Trabecular bone density in recent modern humans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Supplement 159: 116-116 

Carlson, K.J., Chirchir, H., Patel, B.A. (2016) Subchondral properties of the hominoid distal tibia: an indicator of loading during habitually dorsiflexed ankle postures. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Supplement 159: 109-109

Chirchir, H., Kivell T.L., Ruff, C.B., Hublin,J-J., Carlson, K.J., Zipfel, B., Richmond, B.G.  (2015) Recent origin of low trabecular bone density in modern human. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. 112: 366-371    

Chirchir H. (2015) A Comparative study of trabecular bone mass distribution in cursorial and non-cursorial limb joints. Anatomical Record. 298: 797-809