AW "Fuzz" Crompton
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Museum of Comparative Zoology
As an Emeritus Professor, AW "Fuzz" Crompton has mentored a vast population of distinguished former post docs, graduate students and undergraduates. He collaborates on current research with one-time OEB grad students turned professors, Tomasz Owerkowicz and Bhart-Anjan Bhullar. Catherine Musinsky, his faculty assistant and research technician, performs ct-scans of extinct and extant mammals, xromm studies, 3D reconstructions and all his illustrations. Drs. Rebecca German and Allan Thexton collaborated with Crompton on multiple functional studies of oral transport and muscle control in extant mammals. The late Farish Jenkins, Agassiz Professor of Natural History at Harvard, came from Yale as Fuzz's graduate student and became one of the greatest (and most notorious) teachers and paleontologists of our time. Daniel Lieberman, "The Barefoot Professor" of Human Evolution at Harvard, and Professors Elizabeth Brainerd and Stephen Gatesy, co-inventors of XROMM, a method that enables accurate 3-dimensional tracking of skeletal movement in animals, all studied with Fuzz at Harvard and became influential scientists heading their own research labs. On the Vertebrate Paleontology side, his mentor, the great Rex Parrington, influenced Crompton most directly during his studies Cambridge University between 1952-56. Professors or Professor Emeritus Bill Hylander, Kathleen Smith, James Hopson, Neil Shubin, José Bonaparte, Ken Dial and Luo Zhexi are old friends and colleagues, as was the late and great Russ Baudinette of the University of Adelaide in Australia.
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