Geoffrey Gerstner

Geoffrey E. Gerstner


Summary

I'm interested in the 'why' of mammalian form and function of the oropharyngeal, dentoskeletal and neuromuscular systems and in issues related to what I would call "evolutionary dentistry". Specific issues of interest include: (1) Allometric scaling of oral motor behavior rhythms in mammals. (2) The role of speed-accuracy trade-offs in mastication. (3) How (and whether) oral motor systems compensate for the poor 'design' of the oropharynx (which is essentially a fistula between the respiratory and digestive systems). (4) Role of tooth wear in fitness and how global warming might exacerbate tooth wear in select populations.

Animal Behavior Dentistry Neuroscience Zoology

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Work details

Associate Professor

University of Michigan
Department of Biologic and Materials Sciences / School of Dentistry