My research interests are centered around three main questions:
- What are the phylogenetic relationships of major coral reef fish assemblages?
- How are animals put together?
- How do animals eat and move?
By integrating morphological, biomechanical, ecological, and behavioral analyses with phylogenetic hypotheses, I seek to investigate the evolution of complex functional systems. You can see a bit of what I’ve been working on the past several years by clicking here to see the talk I gave at Evolution 2015.
- Phylogenetics of balistoid fishes (PDF)
- Evolution of cranial morphology in triggerfishes (PDF)
- Triggefish feeding behavior (ms in prep)
- Triggerfish jaw biomechanics (ms in prep)
- Damselfish phylogenetics and body size evolution (ms in prep)
- Evolution of angelfish & butterflyfish cranial functional morphology (talk @ Evolution 2016)
- Percomorph phylogenetics