Our lab is broadly interested in the early stages of evolutionary diversification and how different factors facilitate or constrain evolution. Research projects are diverse but generally involve studying population-level processes in fishes. We are particularly interested in studying the evolutionary history of Neotropical fishes, how fish species adapt to human-mediated habitat transformation, and the integration of body form and the axial skeleton during evolution.
I am an evolutionary ichthyologist and Professor of Biological Sciences at DePaul University. I'm also a research associate at the Field Museum of Natural History and the Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad of Ecuador, and an academic editor for the journals PLoS One and Neotropical Biodiversity. You can download my CV here: cv.pdf.
I am always looking to recruit students that are passionate about biology, collaborate with initiatives to increase our understanding of the natural world, and promote science education as a means of progress for underserved communities. Students from South and Central America are particularly encouraged to contact me.
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