In my pursuit to better understand the natural world, I am particularly interested in the relationship between form and function. In other words, how animals are shaped to do what they do (i.e., feeding on strange diets or invading novel habitats). I am also interested in how functional traits have evolved and diversified in response to similar ecological demands. My research integrates morphology, biomechanics, natural history, and macroevolution. I use methods like CT-scanning, geometric morphometrics, biomechanical modeling, experimental methods, and phylogenetic comparative methods.

Down below, you can find out more about my current and past research by clicking on the different photos. For now, the photos only link to published papers but check back later for more digestable summaries.


On-going Projects

Salamander limb biomechanics

Biological suction cup form and function

Evolution of anole ecomorphology



Past Projects

Evolution of cleaner fish morphology

Pacu body shape and jaw morphology

Jaw biomechanics of scale-feeding fishes