Comparative biology, diversification, evolutionary biomechanics, and frogs
We study the evolution of morphological diversity and biomechanical systems, primarily in anurans (frogs and toads). This research answers questions about evolution at or above the species level by using phylogenetic comparative analyses and statistical modeling. We analyze many types of data, including phylogenetic, biogeographic, whole-organism performance (e.g., jumping, swimming), morphological, and ecological data. We usually collect these data in the field or from museum specimens, but we also conduct large-scale analyses of previously published data.