Dr. Halszka Glowacka, PhD head shot

Contact Info

AZ Biomedical Collaborative 1
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine Phx Basic Medical Sciences


  • Postdoctoral: Washington University School of Medicine, 2017-2018.
  • PhD: Arizona State University, 2017.


  • Glowacka H, McFarlin SC, Vogel ER, Stoinski TS, Ndagijimana F, Mudakikwa A, Schwartz GT. Toughness of the Virunga mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) diet across an altitudinal gradient. 2017. American Journal of Primatology, 79: e22661.
  • Glowacka H, Kimbel WH, Johanson DC. Aspects of mandibular ontogeny in Australopithecus afarensis. 2017. In: Marom A and Hovers E, (eds.) Human Paleontology and Prehistory: Contributions in Honor of Yoel Rak. New York, Springer. p 127-144.
  • Kralick A, Burgess LM, Glowacka H, Arbenz-Smith K, McGrath K, Ruff CB, Chong Chan K, Cranfield MR, Stoinski TS, Bromage, TG, Mudakikwa A, McFarlin SC. 2017. A radiographic study of permanent molar development in wild Virunga mountain gorillas of known chronological age from Rwanda. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 163:129-147.
  • Coiner-Collier S, Scott RS, Chalk J, Cheyne SM, Constantino P, Dominy NJ, Elgart AA, Glowacka H, Loyola LC, Ossi-Lupo K, Raguet-Schofield M, Talebi MG, Sala EA, Sieradzy P, Taylor AB, Vinyard CJ, Wright BW, Yamashita N, Pucas PW, Vogel ER. 2016. Primate dietary ecology in the context of food mechanical properties. Journal of Human Evolution, 98: 103-118.
  • Glowacka H, McFarlin SC, Catlett KK, Mudakikwa A, Bromage TG, Cranfield MR, Stoinski TS, Schwartz GT. 2016. Age-related changes in molar topography and shearing crest length in a wild population of mountain gorillas from Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 160: 3-15.
Research Interests

Primate evolution, masticatory morphology, ontogeny

Research Summary

Dr. Glowacka integrates developmental biology, life-history theory, comparative anatomy and the principles of biomechanics to study the evolution of the primate skull. Her research program is particularly focused on answering questions about how primate teeth and faces are adapted to the mechanical demands of diet.