My research focuses on evolutionary morphology of modern and extinct tetrapods. For my dissertation project, I am investigating morphological evolution in the avian caudal skeleton. I am using phylogenetically-informed comparative methods to test for relationships between caudal skeletal morphology and flight behavior. I am also looking at the link between caudal skeletal and integumentary anatomy.

    In the past, my research has included studies of the relationship between locomotor habit and vertebral proportions in both Permian synapsids and Cretaceous crocodyliforms.

    I have participated in paleontological field work in Utah, Wyoming, and, as part of the Rukwa Rift Basin Project, in southern Tanzania.

PhD Candidate

Ohio University

Department of Biological Sciences

107 Irvine Hall

Athens, OH 45701

Advisor: Patrick O’Connor

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