Our research focuses on the evolution of the multivariate phenotype. We are interested in understanding micro- and macroevolutionary patterns of phenotypic diversification, and the historical and ecological processes that are responsible for them. We use a comparative evolutionary framework to attain these goals, directing our empirical work towards vertebrates, with an emphasis on plethodontid salamanders. A major emphasis in the lab is the development of new theoretical and analytical tools for quantifying the multivariate phenotype, and for elucidating patterns of phenotypic evolution and change in a phylogenetic and macroevolutionary context.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and DISCLAIMER: Much of the research described in these web pages is supported in part by NSF grant DEB-1556379 and was previously supported by NSF grants DEB-1257287, DEB-1118884, DEB-0446758, DEB-0122281, and their supplements. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.