Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Our lab addresses the question of how complex traits originate during evolution. We primarily study invertebrate visual systems and eyes, addressing questions like, when did a particular phenotype evolve? When did the components of that phenotype evolve? Where did those components come from? What evolutionary processes and mechanisms were involved?

Postdoctoral Researchers

Aide is interested in the molecular basis of evolution in cnidarian vision.

Rebecca Varney is interested in the interplay of stress and the evolution of novel traits and works mainly in aquatic invertebrate systems.

Graduate Students

Emily is interested in the biochemistry of bioluminescence in fishes and ostracods. She is currently working on isolating and characterizing proteins in midshipman fish. 

Lisa is interested in studying the evolution of novel traits, more specifically, the origin of the 'upper lip' and bioluminescence in ostracods. 

Bridget is interested in patterns of convergent evolution in molluscan novelties.