My lab investigates why animals are shaped the way they’re shaped, focusing on three general areas:
How animals adapt (ecological and functional morphology)
How animals move (biomechanics)
How animals vary (macroevolution and biodiversity)
This work combines laboratory, field, and museum-based methods to study the adhesive toes of lizards, an excellent system to address questions of evolution, adaptation, and mechanics.
I’m currently looking for undergrad students interested in doing research!
Correlating species’ traits and capabilities with their environments to infer adaptation
Connecting animals body shapes with what they’re capable of doing.
Estimating when and how traits arose and changed through time
Measuring gecko adhesion via toe detachment angle in 2009 at Lewis and Clark College using Phelsuma grandis.
Public presentation of my graduate research as part of the Malcolm M. Renfrew Interdisciplinary Colloquium and the University of Idaho in 2004.