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 gene expression evolution in bioluminescent ostracods.

Graduate Students

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.

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