Ian Cost, Ph.D. | Albright College

Ian Cost, Ph.D.

Ian Cost, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
Science Building room 239

Ph.D., University of Missouri (Pathobiology)
M.S., Fort Hays State University (Biology)
M.Ed., Lesley University (Elementary and Special Education)
B.A., Bridgewater State University (History)


Ian Cost joins Albright this year 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 Asian studies. 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 dinosaurs. 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
  • Ornithology
  • Paleontology
  • Biomechanics


Areas of Research


  • 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
  • Cost, I.N., Sellers, K.C., Middleton, K.M., Echols, M.S., Witmer, L.M., Davis, J.L., and Holliday, C.M. 2019. Palatal biomechanics and its significance for cranial kinesis in Tyrannosaurus rex. Anatomical Record. (in press) 10.1002/ar.24219.
  • 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.


Courses Taught

BIO151: General Biology I Lab

BIO234: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

BIO235: Human Anatomy and Physiology II