Lawrence Fatica

Lawrence Fatica the evolution of the primate skeleton with particular emphasis on the influences of ecology, phylogenetic relationships, and ontogeny on morphological diversity in closely related species. Presently, his research focuses on the genus Gorilla. In addition, he is interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning as it pertains to scientific and medical education.



BS, Anthropology, Arizona State University, 2014

Year Entered GW Program: 2014

Advisors: Sergio Almécija and Shannon McFarlin


Peer Reviewed Journals

Fatica LM, Almécija S, McFarlin SC, Hammond AH. 2019. Pelvic shape variation among gorilla subspecies: Phylogenetic and ecological signals. Journal of Human Evolution (137) 102684. DOI: 10.1016/j.hevol.2019.102684.


McGrath K, Reid DJ, Guatelli-Steinberg D, Arbenz-Smith K, El Zataari S, Fatica LM, Kralick AE, Cranfield MR, Stoinski TS, Bromage TG, Mudakikwa A, McFarlin SC. 2019. Enamel growth patterns predict LEH defect depth in great ape canines. Journal of Human Evolution (137): 102691. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2019.102691.


Hoffman LA, Lufler RS, Brown KM, DeVeau K, DeVaul N, Fatica LM, Mussell J, Byram JN, Dunham SM, Wilson AB. 2019. A review of U.S. medical schools' promotion standards for medical excellence. Teaching and Learning in Medicine. DOI: 10.1080/10401334.2019.1686983.

Research Experience

2017 Anatomy Education Research Institute. Indiana University.
2015-present Mountain Gorilla Skeletal Project; Director-Shannon McFarlin, GWU, Rwanda Development Board, the New York University College of Dentistry, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, and the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project
2014 Undergraduate honors thesis: “The Evolution of Human Cervical Lordosis.” Arizona State University. Advisor: Dr. William Kimbel.
2012 Hadar, Ethiopia Paleoanthropology Field School. Arizona State University
2012 Kampsville, Illinois Human Osteology and Bioarchaeology Field School. Arizona State University

CASHP Blog Entries

Learning the Ropes... and Teaching Them Too!


2015 Presidential Merit Award, GWU
2014 School of Human Evolution and Social Change Undergraduate Research Assistantship. Arizona State University