Morphology & Development
Research in this area addresses questions about the functional, behavioral, developmental, ecological, and evolutionary consequences of anatomical variation in living and fossil species. Modern techniques for visualization and functional analysis, such as µCT imaging, scanning electron microscopy, digital particle image velocimetry (DPIV), and light and fluorescence microscopy are used to explore and experimentally evaluate structure-function relationships in plants and both invertebrate and vertebrate animals.
Research programs include:
- Evolution and development of the mechanosensory lateral line system of fishes
- Development and evolution of fishes
- Developmental biology of vertebrates, urochordates and plants
- Molecular Biology of cell walls and cellulose
- Paleobiology of Mesozoic faunas