Supervisor


My research interests primarily revolve around the use of computational methods to evaluate morphology in extinct vertebrates and how it relates to mechanical and ecological function as well as broad-scale evolutionary trends. All taxonomic groups are potentially of interest to me, though I am particularly drawn to animals with unusual morphologies that were very different from any living taxa. I am also rather interested in morphological changes associated with major evolutionary transitions, such as evolving from an aquatic to terrestrial lifestyle or vice versa.

Current Research Projects

Evolution and functional morphology of osteoderms within Crocodylomorpha

Past Research Projects

Allometry of the pterosaur wing

JSG Student Travel Award - Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (2014)

Lundelius, Ernest L. and Judith W., Endowment in Vertebrate Paleontology - Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Austin at Texas (2014)

Lundelius, Ernest L. and Judith W., Endowment in Vertebrate Paleontology - Jackson School of Geosciences, the University of Austin at Texas (2013)

Laura Thomson Barrow Graduate Fellowship - Jackson School of Geosciences (2012)

Variation in crocodilian dorsal scute organization and geometry with a discussion of possible functional implications, Evolution, Austin, TX (2016)

Why grow armor after the predators are gone? Late ontogenetic development of crocodilian osteoderms with behavioral implications, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Salt Lake City, UT (2016)

Resolution and accuracy of 3 dimensional models of specimens using photogrammetry and image stacking software, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 74th Annual Meeting, Berlin, Germany (2014)

Phylogenetic patterns of pterosaur wing skeleton anatomy, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 71st Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV (2011)

Allometric scaling of pterosaur forelimb elements, Flugsaurier 2010: 3rd International Symposium on Pterosaurs, Beijing, China (2010)