Dr. Craig D. Byron

Professor of Biology

Chair of Biology Department

Craig ByronI joined the Department of Biology in 2006. Since this time at Mercer, I have watched the Biology Department grow substantially in the number of students, the number of faculty, and in the available resources for conducting faculty-student collaborative scholarship in and out of the classroom.


  • Ph.D., Cellular Biology and Anatomy, Medical College of Georgia
  • M.A., Anthropology, Kent State University
  • B.A., Anthropology, Indiana University


Anatomy, biological anthropology, functional morphology, and R programming

Professional Interests

I conduct multiple research projects that directly relate to biological anthropology, biomedical science, mouse models in experimental biology, and quantitative methods using the R statistical language and Java-based ImageJ software. My scholarly output is generally focused on musculoskeletal systems relating to locomotion and the anatomy and histology of fibrous joints within the cranium that relate to feeding. I study skeletal, muscular, and nervous systems within specific functional contexts to understand important aspects of mammalian biology and evolution. Current research collaborations center around topics such as dietary adaptation and human evolution, the origins of primate-like arboreality, and the evolutionary significance of ape-like suspensory behavior.

Other Interests

I enjoy spending time outdoors with my family, working in the yard at home where I have two cats and a dog, and making pizza from scratch every Friday night. After approximately 600-700 pizza nights in my house (and counting), I feel confident in my ability to turn out a quality artisanal-style pizza.

Recent Publications

For access to my self-archived articles please see my Research Gate page at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Craig_Byron/publication

Contact Dr. Craig D. Byron

(478) 301-2163
Office: Godsey Science Center, Room 327