Professor Mary Silcox earned her PhD from the Centre for Functional Anatomy and Evolution at Johns Hopkins’ School of Medicine. Upon completion of her doctorate in 2001, she began a research assistantship/postdoc with Dr. Alan Walker of Penn State, joining the University of Winnipeg, before joining UTSC’s Department of Anthropology in 2012. Professor Silcox is also currently a research associate at both the Florida Museum of Natural History, and the Royal Ontario Museum. She is an award winning, highly regarded scientist, and researcher, on early primates from North America, Europe and Asia, recently adding another NSERC Discovery Grant – Understanding the Evolution of the Earliest Primates. She is particularly interested in craniodental anatomy, and has collaborated with several eminent researchers in this area. She was part of a research team that reconstructed the family tree of placental mammals, and traces them back to a small insect-eating creature that got its start shortly after the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Professor Silcox has extensive administrative experience, including serving as Acting Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Winnipeg, and Associate Chair of the Department of Anthropology at UTSC. Since taking up the role of Vice-Dean Graduate in July 2016, she has been fully engaged in moving forward several important initiatives – being proactive, responsive and decisive. She has provided Chairs and Tri-campus administrators with strong support, and excellent advice, on graduate program development and review processes.
As the Vice-Dean Graduate, Professor Silcox oversees the development and implementation of new graduate programs; locally administered graduate programs and U of T Scarborough graduate student affiliation. The Vice-Dean liaises regularly with SGS; and coordinates the flow of graduate student funding. The Vice-Dean Graduate is also has oversight on all graduate program reviews; as well as over all EDU-Cs and EDU-Ds.