Principal Investigator

Tim Higham

Ph.D.: University of California, Davis

Postdoc: Harvard University

Email: thigham@ucr.edu



Click HERE for Tim's CV

Click HERE for Tim's Google Scholar profile

Click HERE for Tim's ResearchGate profile

Postdoctoral Researchers


Dr. Dina Navon

February, 2019 to present


Dr. Navon recently earned her doctorate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying the evolution of plasticity in African cichlid fishes. Her research interests focus on the ways that various interactions, including the functional integration between anatomically distinct traits and the genetic basis of plasticity, build on one another to produce phenotypic variation. She is also extremely passionate about science communication and outreach, having written for several blogs during her tenure at UMass and having taught a graduate level seminar in science communication for two years. She is very excited to start her postdoc at UC Riverside working more explicitly on functional integration in stickleback! .



Graduate Students

Emily Naylor

Graduate Student (PhD)

Since August, 2015

Emily was an undergraduate and research technician at Ohio University


Her dissertation research focuses on several aspects of gecko attachment, including claw function in relation to toe pads, evolutionary patterns of morphological co-variation between these features, and linking variation in performance and ecology (i.e., substrate use) at the individual level. In addition to field and collections-based research, Emily is passionate about undergraduate instruction and science outreach.

Email: emily.naylor@email.ucr.edu

Anthony Cobos

Graduate Student (PhD)

Since September, 2018


Anthony obtained his MS degree with Bobby Espinoza at California State Northridge. He was an undergraduate at La Sierra University and conducted research with Lee Grismer.

Anthony is interested in gecko morphology, physiology, and biomechanics, and has conducted research in Malaysia.



Amanda Herbert

Graduate Student (PhD)

Starting September, 2019

Amanda was a Masters student at the University of Alaska in Dr. Cheryl Wilga's lab


Amanda is interested in the biomechanics of feeding. From prey capture to prey processing, she is drawn to understanding the morphology, function, and behavior and how these aspects work together when animals feed. Her previous research has focused on cartilaginous fish and the challenges cartilage jaws experience during feeding.

Marina Vollin

Graduate Student (PhD)

Starting September, 2019

Marina was an undergraduate at the University of California, Davis and worked as a herpetology curation intern and preparator


Marina is interested in anything and everything reptiles, but will be focusing on gecko tail autotomy and the ecological and biomechanical consequences of tail loss. She is particularly enthusiastic about museum science, specimen-based research, and public outreach.