Ph.D. Candidate in Geology
216 Dickinson Hall
Museum Road & Newell Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611
B.S. in Anthropology with Honors, University of Michigan, 2008
Systematics, functional morphology, and ecology of micromammals from the Bighorn Basin, particularly eulipotyphlans
The origin and evolution of modern mammalian orders
Using postcranial functional morphology to infer positional behaviors of fossil mammals
Using stable isotopes to evaluate changes in paleoecology and paleoclimate
Thesis title: Evolutionary morphology and the phylogenetic implications of Paleogene eulipotyphlans (Mammalia) from the Bighorn Basin (Wyoming, USA)
Primary Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jonathan Bloch
I am studying new cranial and postcranial fossils of micromammals extracted from freshwater limestones. Much of the taxa, especially the insectivores, have previously been known solely from dentitions. My focus is on nyctitheriids, an enigmatic group of extinct insectivores that have been previously allied with shrews, hedgehogs, euarchontans (the group containing primates, tree shrews, and flying lemurs), and even bats. I am using their postcranial and cranial morphology to try to determine their functional morphology, ecology, and true phylogenetic placement within Eutheria and what this can tell us about the early ancestors of modern placental mammal groups.
Manz, C.L., and J.I. Bloch. 2011. Evidence for scansoriality in the forelimb of North American Paleocene insectivores (Mammalia, Eulipotyphla). Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. In Press.
Manz, C., E. Woodruff, and A. Rincon. 2011. Comparing the paleoecology of three subtropical to tropical early Miocene faunas in the North American continent. Fourth Annual Meeting, Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology: 21.
Wood, A. R., R. M. Bebej, C. L. Manz, D. L. Begun, P. D. Gingerich. 2010. Postcranial functional morphology of Hyracotherium (Equidae, Perissodactyla) and locomotion in the earliest horses. Journal of Mammalian Evolution, 18(1):1-32
Manz, C., J. Bloch, D. Boyer. 2010. Tarsal bones of North American Paleocene Leptacodon (Mammalia, Eulipotyphla?) and evidence for scansoriality in Nyctitheriidae. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30 (3, suppl): 128A.
Manz, C. L., R. M. Bebej, and P. D. Gingerich. 2009. Multivariate analysis and morphological description of the cervical column of Maiacetus inuus: Implications for head and neck movement in a Protocetid Cetacean from Pakistan. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29 (3, suppl.): 142A.
Wood, A. R., R. M. Bebej, C. L. Manz, and P. D. Gingerich. 2008. New Insights into the locomotory capabilities of the early Eocene equid Hyracotherium. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28 (3, suppl.): 162A.
Grants, Honors, and Awards Received
2010, Mitchell Hope Award, Southwest Florida Fossil Club
2009, Miss Lucy Dickinson Fellowship, Florida Museum of Natural History
2009, Geological Sciences Graduate Award, University of Florida