Researcher Profile

Emeritus Professor Charles Oxnard

Charles Oxnard
Charles Oxnard
Research Expertise:
  • Anatomy
  • Biological anthropology
  • Biomechanics
  • Bone morphometrics
  • Evolution and biological anthropology
  • Forensic science
  • Functional anatomy
  • Human biology
  • Human evolution
  • Medical anatomy
  • Morphometrics
  • Osteoporosis
  • Primate morphology and evolution
  • Primates


Teaching in anatomy, anthropology and evolution has always included both science and medical students. Main thrust: scientific underpinnings of human structure. Also directed Undergraduate Research and MD/PhD Programmes, Chicago, and MD/PhD, Engineers in Medicine, and Medical Student Research Programmes, LA.
Current teaching - occasional invited lectures in Medical Anatomy and Human Biology as requested.

Industrial Relevance




Previous Positions

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Anatomy, U. of Birmingham,UK 1962-1966; Professor Anatomy, Anthropology and Evolutionary Biology, U. of Chicago, 1966-1978; University Professor (1 of only 5), Research Professor of Biology and Anatomy, and Professor of Anatomy, U. of Southern California, 1978-1987; Established Professor of Anatomy and Human Biology, U. Western Australia 1987-1997.
Post retirement appointments
Emeritus Professor, U. Western Australia, 1998-death.
Senior Honorary Research Fellow, U. Western Australia, 1998-2014 (Renewable).
Adjunct Professor of Forensic Science, 2007-2014 (Renewable).


Elected Fellowships:
Honorary Life Fellowship, Undergraduate Guild, U. Birmingham, 1958.
FZS (Zoological Soc, London) 1957. Fellow (1 of 44) Zoological Club, London, 1964.
FCAS (Chicago Acad. Sci.): For academic services 1976.
FAAAS (Amer. Assoc. Advance. Science): For contributions to zoology, especially morphological measurement and comparison 1983.
FNYAS (New York Acad. Sci.): For outstanding scientific achievements in anatomical sciences 1986.
FSCAS (Fellow, Vice-President, President Elect, South. Cal. Acad. Sci.): For distinction in science 1987.
Emeritus Fellow, RSM (Royal Society of Medicine), 2003.
Founding Fellow, Zoological Society of London, 2004.

Funding Received

£1.0 million research funding during 5 years in the UK; US$4 million during 24 years in the USA; A$2.7 million during 10 years in Australia (‘87 to ’97).
In 15 years of retirement, A$2.4 million in joint Australian grants and £2.7 million in joint UK Grants.
Currently 2 ARC Discovery grants, A$410,000 (with Franklin et al) and A$237,000 (with Judge et al) running to ’13 and ‘14. Regular MHRIF funding including 2004.

Future Research

Still active in all areas above

Roles, responsibilities and expertise

Research, Paper and Book writing, Grant holding, Research student supervising, Mentoring of colleagues


Degrees from Birmingham University, UK,: ’55, BSc (Ist Class Honours), ’58, MB, ChB, (Richard’s Memorial Prize), ’62, PhD, (Highly Commended) and ’76, DSc, (Official). Appointments included: U. Birmingham, ’62-‘66, Professorship, University of Chicago (’66-’78), University Professorship (1 of only 5), University of Southern California (’78-’87), and Established Chair and Head, Anatomy and Human Biology, University of Western Australia (’78-’87). Retired for 17 years as Emeritus Professor but also holding appointments as Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, and Adjunct Professor in the Forensic Science Centre

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