General Research Interests

My lab focuses on the origin and evolution of innovations, integration, and complexity, with a strong emphasis on the ecological context of organismal function. To do this, we integrate comparative physiology, biomechanics, comparative evolutionary methods, genomics, and ecology. This naturally combines organismal approaches with sophisticated laboratory techniques (see below). We also utilize museum collections across the world, including those at the Museum Koenig (Bonn, Germany), the LA County Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and others. Examples of research projects include the functional and evolutionary consequences of gaining and losing adhesion among geckos, the evolutionary integration of feeding and locomotion among fishes and snakes, the neuromuscular basis of locomotion among anoles and geckos, the genetic architecture of biomechanical traits in threespine stickleback, and the evolution of vision in geckos. Our fieldwork is conducted in a number of places, including the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre in British Columbia, Gobabeb Research & Training Centre in Namibia, Nouragues in French Guiana, South Africa, and Trinidad & Tobago. We also have research plans in Mexico and Alberta, Canada

Examples of recent research projects:

Experimental Techniques