College of Arts and Science
Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Ohio University, Athens
B.S., Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville
Anatomy, ecology and evolutionary biology of vertebrates
My research largely seeks to understand how organisms are built, how they work and how they change over time. We employ classical anatomical techniques alongside new imaging and 3D computational biological approaches to seek patterns in the evolution and development of the skull, feeding apparatus, and connective tissues of reptiles in general but vertebrates as a whole. Our work has developed new techniques in modeling 3D muscle architecture in the jaw and limb muscles of animals, how birds evolved from their dinosaur ancestors and how crocodilians evolved their specialized, characteristic feeding and sensory systems, among others.
Outstanding Undergraduate Mentor Award, MU Office of Undergraduate Research, 2017
Early Career Investigator Award, American Association of Anatomists, 2015
Outstanding Instructor Teaching Excellence Award, University of Missouri School of Medicine Curriculum Board, 2011