Diane Kelly studies vertebrate anatomy, in particular the connection between the design and the function of reproductive organs.
Diane A. Kelly is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research interests include the evolution of copulatory systems and sexual differentiation in the nervous system. She is best known for her original work on the anatomy and function of vertebrate penises, but has also written children’s books, created exhibits for science museums, helped exhume a mastodon, and designed and published a pair of quirky science card games. Kelly holds a Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University and an A.B. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago.
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“We often focus on one disease, one model, one problem. But my experience suggests that we should take the time to apply ideas broadly between systems and just see where it takes us.”
“[The penis is] a really effective solution to a very basic biological problem.”
“The penis isn't actually required for internal fertilization, but when internal fertilization evolves, penises often follow.”
“Twenty years ago, I had a college advisor tell me [that] anatomy is a dead science. He couldn't have been more wrong. … We still have a lot to learn about the normal structure and function of our bodies.”