Research Focus: The foremost goal of the research in my lab is to achieve a better understanding of the origins of diversity. We describe and analyze macroevolutionary diversity patterns with an integrative approach, combining phylogenetic inferences from living organisms with paleontological data across large temporal scales. We collect data on multiple levels, including morphological, functional, and ecological diversity of major vertebrate radiations. Data collection and analysis is guided by predictions from functional morphology within the context of major evolutionary transitions in vertebrate history that come with enormous physical challenges and different performance requirements. Our main study system is the vertebrate eye, but other functional systems are considered, too.
Contact: ++1-909-607-7409; lschmitz at kecksci.claremont.edu