Student Profile

Jackson School of Geosciences

Simon Scarpetta

Simon  Scarpetta
B.S., Biology (Ecology and Evolution), Stanford University, 2014
Ph.D., Paleontology, University of Texas at Austin, expected 2020


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I study biogeography and systematics of Miocene lizards in North America, phylogenetics of extant gerrhonotine and iguanian lizards, and all things anole. My main research interests are 1) how and whether climate drives cladogenesis and biogeographic shifts 2) integration of molecular and fossil data in phylogenetics 3) assessing different methods for identifying fossils and 4) field biology. I use fossils, molecular data, high-resolution computed tomography, and field biology in my research.