I am a paleontologist and evolutionary biologist who utilizes biomechanical methods to explore functional evolution at multiple scales. My research involves experimental and theoretical biomechanical analyses in conjunction with evolutionary comparative methods on both living and extinct taxa to address how fundamental laws of physics influence evolutionary processes. My work is question-based and has therefore involved a range of organismal groups from fossil fishes and early tetrapods to modern mammals and crustaceans.
I am currently an assistant professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
May 11 2016: New paper on biomechanical influences on morphological modularity in the appendage of Squilla empusa in Evolution & Development. Link
April 25 2016: New paper on the influence of size and speed on puncture mechanics is online at the Royal Society Interface Focus. Link
Jan. 2 2016: I have started my new job as an assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. I will be looking to recruit potential post-docs (depending on funding availability) for fall 2016 and potential graduates students for fall 2017.
Dec. 10 2015: I am attending the SICB meeting in Portland this January and will be recruiting prospective graduate students and post docs for my new lab at the University of Illinois. I would be happy to chat with anyone interested in evolutionary biomechanics in either vertebrates or invertebrates.