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One of my current research projects focuses on the evolution of ‘earlessness’ in anurans. Specifically, I am trying to understand the developmental causes and physiological consequences of losing middle and outer ear structures by studying the bufonid family (toads) in which many species have independently lost and regained these structures.
As part of an NSF funded postdoctoral study working with museum collections, I am analyzing the evolution of the anuran skeleton to better understand the constraints and selection pressures that dictate evolutionary convergence as well as the limits of morphological evolution.
Histological comparisons of salamander tail autotomy
In collaboration with Michael Itgen in the Mueller Lab, I have started a new project investigating the detailed morphology of tail autotomy in different salamander groups.
Brains and behavior of guppies
I am comparing neuron tracts in the brains of guppies, Poecilia reticulata, to look for morphological differences in the brain associated with behavioral differences.
Broadly, I am interested in the morphological, physiological and developmental mechanisms behind adaptations seen in nature. These adaptations range from perplexing morphologies to behavioral traits. I am also interested in convergent evolution, specifically the ecological pressures and developmental constraints that shape similar phenotypes in different species.
Please contact me if you are an educator interested in future classroom outreach.
I enjoy teaching all levels of students about topics ranging from frogs to scientific research.
Past schools include:
A collaborator (Ty Fiero) is featured above showing off eared and earless skulls both on an interactive tablet and with 3D printed models.
I have been fortunate to participate in many public outreach events including: