Ian Cost, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Science Center room 239
Ian Cost joined Albright College in 2019 as an assistant professor of biology specializing in anatomy and physiology. He graduated from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Arts in History with an Asian studies concentration. He then completed a Master of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. He used this training to work as a grade school educator specializing in curriculum development for students with special learning needs. Later, he returned to graduate school and completed a Master of Science in biology at Fort Hays State University in Kansas where he studied integrative biology. He recently completed his Ph.D. in integrative anatomy at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Dr. Cost’s research focuses on the biomechanics of bird and non-avian theropod dinosaur feeding. He is an integrative biologist who combines statistical and model-based analysis of large data-sets with avian ecology to explore the world at multiple hierarchical scales. Beyond the laboratory, Dr. Cost is also an avid birder and photographer.
For more information about Dr. Cost, please visit his personal and professional website: https://www.ianncost.com/
Areas of Expertise
- Human Anatomy
- Comparative Anatomy
Areas of Research
- Cost, I. N., Sellers, K. C., Rozin, R. E., Spates, A. T., Middleton, K. M. and Holliday, C. M. 2022. 2D and 3D visualizations of archosaur jaw muscle mechanics, ontogeny and phylogeny using ternary diagrams and 3D modeling. J. Exp. Biol. 225, doi: 10.1242/jeb.243216.
- Wilken A. T., Sellers K. C., Cost I. N., Rozin R. E., Middleton K. M., Holliday C. M. 2020. Connecting the chondrocranium: Biomechanics of the suspensorium in reptiles. Vertebrate Zoology 70:275–90. doi: 10.26049/VZ70-3-2020-02.
- Cost, I. N., Sellers, K. C., Middleton, K. M., Echols, M. S., Witmer, L. M., Davis, J. L., and Holliday, C. M. 2020. Palatal biomechanics and its significance for cranial kinesis in Tyrannosaurus rex. Anat Rec. doi: 1002/ar.24219.
- Wilken A.T., Middleton K.M., Sellers K.C., Cost I.N., Holliday C.M. 2019. The roles of joint tissues and jaw muscles in palatal biomechanics of the Savannah monitor (Varanus exanthematicus) and their significance for cranial kinesis. J Exp Biol. doi: 10.1242/jeb.201459.
- Gignac, P.M., Kley N.J., Clarke J.A., (and 20 others including Cost I.N.) 2016. Diffusible iodine-based contrast-enhanced computed tomography (diceCT): an emerging tool for rapid, high-resolution, 3-D imaging of metazoan soft tissues. Journal of Anatomy. doi: 10.1111/joa.12449.
Recent Student Research Collaborations
- Robert Schwartz ‘21: “Getting a Grasp on the Avian Tendon Locking Mechanism”
- Suzanne Spriggs ‘21: “Comparative Mapping of the Trigeminal Nerve in Birds”
BIO 151: General Biology I (Structure and Function) Lab
BIO 152: General Biology II (Systematics, Ecology, and Evolution)
BIO 207: Medical Terminology
BIO 234: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIO 235: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 331: Comparative Anatomy
BIO 485: Behavior and Morphology