Dr Bruce Floyd

Ph.D. in Anthropology, the University of Oregon, 1999

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Senior Lecturer


  • Senior Lecturer

Research | Current

  • Biological anthropology: human growth and development
  • Biological variation
  • Bio-ecological perspectives on health

My active research interests are primarily focused upon biocultural interactions influencing human developmental plasticity and the nature of intergenerational change. This includes interests in both skeletal and dental development with expertise in non-linear modelling of longitudinal data.  I am currently helping to develop a research project led by Dr Guatelli-Steinberg from Ohio State University, focusing upon relationships between timing of dental and skeletal development within individuals in New Zealand. This builds upon another on-going project examining longitudinal enamel growth processes in permanent human dentition to better understand the origins and nature of variation within our species with the same colleagues in Britain and the US. Another current project involves evaluating scenarios related to demographic change and shifts in phenotypic variation in the peopling of Remote Oceania. Ben Davies and I have developed an agent-based model that permits biparental transmission of polygenic multifactorial traits so that anthropometric variation within individuals and among family members is appropriately correlated. Our model permits us to account for variation in age specific fertility and mortality and changes in these patterns with changing ecologies. Another recent field research project has involved the collection of anthropometric, dental and focused life-history data from Taiwanese parents and young adult offspring here in Auckland and in Taipei. I am testing a variety of hypotheses, one being that the extent of intergenerational change in body proportions may be accounted for by independently assessed intergenerational changes in developmental environments. This research includes incorporation of socio-historic and political ecological perspectives in understandings of Taiwan. Along with a colleague, I have also analysed archival data on systemic stress and longitudinal growth outcomes among Aboriginal children in a community in the Northern Territory, Australia. I have also assisted in the analysis of taphonomic processes acting on skeletal remains from Mongolian khirigsuurs with colleagues here in New Zealand and the US.

Teaching | Current

ANTHRO 201 Human Evolution

ANTHRO 348 Perspectives on Human Growth

ANTHRO 367 The Anthropology of Human Remains

ANTHRO 718 Interpreting Biocultural Data

ANTHRO 726 Advanced Biological Anthropology

Areas of expertise

Human growth and development; longitudinal modelling of growth in skeletal and dental tissues; anthropometry; quantitative methods in Anthropology

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Floyd, B. (2017). The influence of variation in parental height dimorphism on same-sex parent-offspring height differences. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 163 (3), 627-632. 10.1002/ajpa.23227
  • Floyd, B. (2017). How much impact do gains in height have on shoulder breadths within Taiwanese families?. American Journal of Human Biology, 29 (4)10.1002/ajhb.22991
  • Floyd, B. (2016). The magnitude of changes in linear growth within Taiwanese families: intrinsic sex-associated biology, socially mediated behaviors, or both?. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 161 (3), 456-466. 10.1002/ajpa.23048
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31690


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 8, Room 850
New Zealand

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