Research

Broadly, I am interested in how disparities in diversity arise across mammalian lineages, and approach this by making connections among morphology, performance, behavior and ecology to gain a better understanding of ecomorphological mechanisms leading to radiation.

Specifically, I study the sensory ecology of phyllostomid bat species and how morphological innovations in the sensory structures used in echolocation relate to differences in foraging performance between species and how the advent of novel morphologies potentially influenced species moving into novel dietary niches.

My work involves collection of data in the field from free-flying animals, including high-speed videography of foraging behavior and acoustic recording of free-flying bats and bats in a flight cage. To capture morphology and investigate the functional implications I use lab techniques such as micro-CT scanning, laser scanning, dissections, geometric morphometrics, biomechanical modeling and phylogenetic comparative methods.

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