• NSF Postdoctoral Fellow

    working in The Rosenblum lab at UC Berkeley and The Bell Lab at the Smithsonian

  • RESEARCH PROJECTS

    Want to see what's happening in the lab? Check out my research news.

    Also, click on research projects and methods with links below to get more information and sneak peak results.

    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.

    Methods include: phylogenetic comparisons, auditory brainstem recordings, histology & 3D reconstructions, MicoCT & geometric morphometrics, developmental series, phylogenomics, genome size comparisons.

    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.

    Methods include: phylogenetic comparisons, MicoCT & geometric morphometrics.

    I am interested in the sensory capabilities of frogs and what sensory cues they rely on to navigate mating, prey capture, territory defense, and predator avoidance. There are numerous ongoing projects both in the lab and the field in collaboration with many other labs.

    Methods include: natural history studies, auditory brainstem recordings, histology & 3D reconstructions, MicoCT & geometric morphometrics

    Check out this link for other ongoing projects related to morphology in all sorts of animals!

    Methods include: phylogenetic comparisons, histology & 3D reconstructions.

  • CONTACT

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    CV

    Molly Womack

    PhD

    mollywo@berkeley.edu

  • OUTREACH

    K-12

    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:

    • Cheyenne Mountain High School
    • Bacon Elementary
    • Polaris Expeditionary Learning School

    Public Events

    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:

    • Meet the Animals Day, Fort Collins Musuem Of Discovery 
    • USA Science and Engineering Festival Expo, Washington DC
    • Save the Frogs Day, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
  • MENTORING

    Providing undergraduate students with research opportunities and giving them the tools to create their own independent projects is one of my favorite researcher perks!

     

    Below are CSU undergraduates I am currently working with on publications from work produced in the Hoke lab.

    Ty Fiero

     

    Ty is majoring in microbiology and minoring in Zoology. He has had a passion for reptiles and amphibians most of his life.

     

    Meredith Voyles

     

    Meredith is majoring in biological sciences and minoring in computer science. Her interests include physiology, bioinformatics, drawing and painting.