Geoffrey E. Gerstner
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.