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 PLoS One. You can download my CV here.
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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