Halszka Glowacka


University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix ABC-1 Building 425 North 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
AZ Biomedical Collaborative 1
Assistant Professor & Co-Director, Clinical Anatomy (CA)
Assistant Professor - Basic Medical Sciences
Co-Director, Clinical Anatomy (CA)
Basic Medical Sciences


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine, 2018
  • PhD: Anthropology, Arizona State University, 2017

Representative Recent Publications

  • Glowacka H, McFarlin SC, Vogel ER, Stoinski TS, Ndagijimana F, Mudakikwa A & Schwartz GT (2017). Toughness of the Virunga mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) diet across an altitudinal gradient. Am J Primatol. Vol. 79, e22661.
  • Glowacka H, Kimbel WH & Johanson DC (2017). Aspects of mandibular ontogeny in Australopithecus afarensis, In: Marom A and Hovers E, (eds.). (pp. 127-144). Human Paleontology and Prehistory: Contributions in Honor of Yoel Rak. New York, Springer.
  • 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. Am J Phys Anthropol. Vol. 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. J Hum Evol. Vol. 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. Am J Phys Anthropol. Vol. 160, 3-15.
Research Interests
Primate evolution, Ontogeny, Masticatory morphology
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.