The world around us is full of incredibly diverse and fascinating creatures. My pursuit to better understand the natural world revolves around three central questions 1) How does an animal's ecology shape its morphology? 2) Can morphology be used to predict ecological functions and vice versa? 3) What leads to similar and dissimilar patterns of diversification? To answer these questions, my research integrates methods and techniques such as CT-scanning, dissections, geometric morphometrics, biomechanical modeling, performance data, and phylogenetic comparative methods. Generally, my approach has been to either answer interesting questions specific to a particular taxonomic group and/or use an model systems to tackle larger questions in evolutionary biology.

I have been involved in many projects that span across several different taxonomic groups. You can find out more about select projects down below by clicking on the different photos. For now, the photos only link to published papers but check back later for more digestable summaries of my work.



On-going Projects

Salamander limb biomechanics
Clingfish performance and ecomorphology


Past Projects