My PhD research focuses on the use of anatomical studies in conservation. Specifically, I am quantifying features of amphibian skin and finding correlations between these features and habitat preference to determine if skin anatomy alone can be used to create accurate species distribution models when few specimens or occurrences of a species are known. I am particularly interested in applying my research to rare or "data deficient" amphibian species in Southeast Asia. I also research macroevolutionary patterns related to functional morphology of fossil animals and the use of palaeontology in conservation.
Brown, C. M., C. S. VanBuren, D. W. Larson, K. S. Brink, N. E. Campione, M. J. Vavrek, and D. C. Evans. 2015. Tooth counts through growth in diapsid reptiles: implications for interpreting individual and size-related variation in the fossil record. Journal of Anatomy 226(4): 322–333.
Maidment, S. C. R., K. T. Bates, P. L. Falkingham, C. S. VanBuren, V. M Arbour, and P. M. Barret. 2014. Locomotion in Ornithischian Dinosaurs: An Assessment Using Three-Dimensional Computational Modelling. Biological Reviews 89(3): 588–617.
Suzuki, D., K. Chiba, C. S. VanBuren, T. Ohashi. 2014. The appendicular anatomy of the Elegant Crested Tinamou (Eudromia elegans). Bulletin of the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History Series A, Natural History No. 12: 1-48.
VanBuren, C. S. and M. F. Bonnan. 2013. Forearm posture and utility in quadrupedal dinosaurs. PLoS ONE 8(9): e74842. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0074842