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

Jessica is interested in the classification and evolution of a variety of marine invertebrates. She is currently working on morphological and cell type evolution in bioluminescent ostracods.

Graduate Students

Emily is interested in using phylogenetic methods to understand the creation and maintenance of biodiversity in marine ostracods.

Niko is interested in the molecular underpinnings of animal behavior, more specifically, the bioluminescence of ostracods. 

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

Natasha is interested in the evolution of cnidarian novelties and associated transitions to new environments and lifestyles, such as onshore and offshore habitats, and symbiotic and non-symbiotic lifestyles.

Andrew is studying the origin and fate of novel genetic material in fungi, focusing on the integration complex traits.