Wright, Barth

Barth Wright

Chair of Anatomy - Kansas City
Professor of Anatomy

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2004
  • Postdoc in Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology, The George Washington University, 2003
  • M.A. in Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1994
  • B.A. in Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1991

Teaching Interests/Courses

  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Primate Evolutionary Anatomy
  • Primate Functional Morphology
  • Primate Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests

  • Primate Craniofacial Adaptation
  • Primate Food Mechanics
  • Primate Ecology and Conservation
  • Functional Morphology
  • Finite Element Analysis


  • Grant in Aid of Research
    Grant in aid of research from the National Science Foundation: “Collaborative Research: Conservation and Ecology of the Tonkin Snub-nosed Monkey at Khau Ca, Ha Giang Province, Vietnam. Start 10/31/07- End 11/1/08. PI. (BCS 0716259), 10/2007 - 11/2008
  • HOMINID (Human Origins: Moving in New Directions) Solicitation Award
    HOMINID (Human Origins: Moving in New Directions) Solicitation Award from the National Science Foundation entitled “Collaborative Research: Integrative Analysis of Hominid Feeding Biomechanics.” Start 7/1/07-End 6/30/13. PI. (BCS 0725136), 07/2007 - Present
  • Grant in Aid of Research
    Grant in aid of research from The National Geographic Society (#083-0370A-6025525) entitled “The Comparative Ecology of Tufted and Weeper Capuchins in Guyana”. Co-awarded with Kristin Wright, Fall, 1999. PI, 09/1999 - 10/2000


  • Sherwood Washburn Award
    Sherwood Washburn Award, presented by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, for paper entitled, “Comparison of instantaneous and bout sampling methodologies: Case study of white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus) in a north ...", 06/1996
  • Comprehensive Exam passed with distinction
    Comprehensive exam, filling part of the requirement for Masters of Arts in Anthropology, passed with distinction. Exam conducted November 3rd and 4th (written) and 11th (oral), 1994, 11/1994

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, 08/2009 - Present, IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group
  • Adjunct Faculty, 08/2007 - Present, University of Kansas, Dept. of Anthropology
  • Research Associate, 08/2001 - Present, Iwokrama International Reserve, Guyana

Community Service

  • Lecturer, 6/1/2007 - Present, HMS Beagle Science Store
    2010 & 2012 “From Mouse Lemurs to Mandrills… and More!” Presentation to the Children's Science Club of the HMS Beagle Science Store. Parkville, MO. June, 2010.

Outside Interests

  • Family
  • Meditation
  • Cycling