Mailing address: PO Box 208109, New Haven CT 06520-8109
Street address: 210 Whitney Ave, New Haven CT 06511
My research focuses on the life history of lizards using osteohistological methods. I use modern taxa to establish new correlations between mode of life and bone microstructure and then test these hypotheses on fossil representatives.
Some of the questions I address are: How old was the individual when it died? Was it a juvenile or an adult? What was it’s size? How fast did it grow? What was its relative base metabolic rate? Was it an endotherm or an ectotherm? Can I find evidence for adaptation to the animals life style hidden in the bone microstructure?
From these studies I then can explore the conditions and behavior in populations of modern organisms to investigate geographical difference between populations of the same species to then make inferences on related fossil taxa. This research is generously funded by the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS) through a Doctoral Pilot Grant.
I am also very interested in bone mineral chemistry and its variation among vertebrates. I am currently investigating the relationship of growth rate and bone mineral composition based on the idea that the faster you grow the less well organized the process of bone mineral deposition will be, and the more diverse the elemental composition of the bone mineral in both the kation and anion locations will be. The Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Geology and Health Division generously funds this research through a Student Research Grant.
In addition to my current research I am also interested in sauropod biology and physiology as well as the muscle-bone interaction in both extant and extinct organisms, for example in muscle reconstruction for accurate life reconstructions and biomechanics.