Welcome! I am a PhD candidate at the University of Florida and Florida Museum of Natural History. I study amphibians and reptiles to better understand the evolutionary and ecological processes that generate morphological diversity. These data are collected in the field, in the lab, and in museum collections. Much of my work uses micro-computed tomography (microCT) scanning to study internal anatomy.
My dissertation research has focused on: (1) the evolution of skull shape diversity and hyperossification [increased mineralization] across all living frogs, (2) the evolution of amphibian dentition and the repeated loss of teeth in frogs, (3) the dental anatomy of Gastrotheca guentheri—the sole frog with mandibular teeth, and (4) the phylogenomics and trait evolution of Hemiphractidae [the marsupial frogs of Central and South America].
My upcoming NSF PRFB postdoctoral research will investigate the developmental genetic mechanisms of convergent tooth loss in frogs.
Interested in learning more? Contact me at email@example.com!