Stuart is a Professor of Biology at California State University San Bernardino. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 1987, having previously taught in the Department of Anatomy and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is a comparative anatomist and paleontologist who specialises in the biomechanics and evolution of locomotion. He is the author of three books and numerous scientific papers and his palaeontological research has taken him throughout North America and Europe with the support of many museums, the National Geographic Society and NATO.
Stuart's teaching focus is primarily on comparative vertebrate anatomy and human anatomy. He has been an anatomical consultant to special effect artists and animators on more than 30 feature-length films for such groups as Walt Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks and Pacific Data Images, Warner Brothers, Rhythm and Hues, SONY Pictures ImageWorks, Pixar, Walt Disney Imagineering, and others.
Stuart's work in the animation and special effects industries began with Beauty and the Beast and Lion King, and has included Mulan, George of the Jungle, the live action versions of 101 and 102 Dalmatians, Tarzan, Dinosaur, Cats and Dogs, Harry Potter, Lilo and Stitch, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Scooby Doo I and II, Stuart Little I and II, Reign of Fire, Brother Bear, Shrek II. .Chronicles of Riddick, Madagasca. Chronicles of Narnia, Surf's Up, and Ratatouille. He is currently acting as anatomical consultant on Kung Fu Panda (DreamWorks), and Bolt (Walt Disney Feature Animation).
At Animex 08 Stuart will join Mark Walsh to speak about the development of the rats and their locomotion/movement in Ratatouille.