Overview of research program
The ability to successfully evade a predator has dire consequences to survival. However, escape responses are far from stereotypical. To investigate the factors that lead to phenotypic diversity of escape responses, I have collaborated with various researchers from around the world and have used fishes as a study system. Click here for more info!
The evolutionary invasion of land by tetrapods is one of the most seminal events in vertebrate history. I have led various biomechanical analyses to investigate how the morphological changes observed across the transition from aquatic fishes to terrestrial tetrapods in fossil tetrapodomorphs contributed to the invasion of land. Click here for more info!
Phenotypic selection is an important evolutionary process, and plays a vital role in generating biodiversity. I have participated in numerous studies, using the waterfall-climbing goby fish system, to assess what factors contribute to different patterns of morphological selection. Click here for more info!
The importance of phenotypic selection as a primary driver of adaptive evolution has been of interest since the time of Darwin, and our ability to understand and quantify how selection operates has been revolutionized in the past few decades through synergisms between evolutionary principles and applications from mathematics and statistics. Click here for more info!