Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
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Associate Professor (Anatomy)
Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine (CBEM)
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Dr. Rolian obtained his BSc in Biology from McGill University. Between undergraduate and graduate school, he was manager of public programs and science education at McGill's Redpath Museum, running discovery workshops and tours for visitors of all ages. He obtained his PhD in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University, and then returned to Canada to do postdoctoral work in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Rolian teaches veterinary anatomy in the first year of the DVM curriculum in UCVM. He also participates in the UCVM Professional Skills course, and when time permits teaches introductory biological anthropology and primatology in the Anthropology department at the U of C.
Much of Dr. Rolian's work focuses on the evolution, development and functional morphology of the vertebrate limb skeleton. He is particularly interested in skeletal variation in size and shape between individuals: how it originates in, and is structured by, normal processes of organismal development, and how this can affect the ability of the limb bones to evolve in response to natural and artificial selection.