Areas of Expertise
I am a vertebrate paleontologist who examines questions about the evolution of tetrapods within an explicitly phylogenetic framework. I have interests in comparative anatomy and osteology of tetrapods, biostratigraphy and biochronology, and macroevolution. I am interested in how a cladistic framework modifies our secondary inferences, such as the use of vertebrates for biochronology or our understanding of paleobiogeographic patterns, in the fossil record. I explore the acquisition of the modern fauna through extinction and diversification events in multiple, well-sampled time periods; my dissertation research focuses on the Late Triassic and the Middle Eocene. I examine these issues mainly with two taxonomic groups - phytosaurs and amphisbaenians. I use CT and traditional dissection of extant animals to understand skeletal anatomy and osteological correlates in fossil specimens.
Powers Presidential Fellowship - The University of Texas at Austin (2012)
Powers Presidential Fellowship - The University of Texas at Austin (2011 - 2012)
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award - Jackson School of Geosciences, The University of Texas at Austin (2010 - 2011)
Student member, Program Committee, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (2010)
Organizer, UT Paleo Brown Bag Seminar, The University of Texas at Austin (2010 - 2012)
Student member, Development Committee, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (2008 - 2010)