I study evolution and diversification of fishes and am interested in the processes that give rise to biodiversity, especially those related to feeding structures. Currently, I study combtooth blennies (387 species), which are small (most < 100 mm), well camouflaged fishes found in most warm shallow marine communities, including coral reefs and intertidal zones. Blennies are a great group for my research as they inhabit a diversity of habitats, exhibit an extraordinary variety of species-specific tooth and jaw morphologies, and exploit wide range of food types with some species exhibiting extreme specialization in diet.
Ph.D. 2016. Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota