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grouper amnh_1024

I am a fish biologist, interested in patterns and processes underlying morphological diversity. As the most diverse group of vertebrates, fishes have no shortage of variation in form, providing us insights on their interactions with their environments. Consequently, the overall focus of my research program is to understand how groups of fishes have evolved and diversified along morphological axes related to function, performance, and ecology.

I use a variety of approaches to compare fish forms, but my research primarily involves the application and development of methods in geometric morphometrics. Research projects vary from the diversity of pectoral fin morphology in skates and rays, to patterns of integration and modularity in Malagasy cichlid body plans, to the evolution of feeding motions in African rift lake cichlids. If you are interested in more details about my work, please visit my research page or send me an email!

 

paretroplus ployactis AMNH 88192 SD (open v closed)