Much of my research focuses on the production and survival of biodiversity using the modern and fossil records of animal life. I’ve contributed to work on extinction risk, morphological diveristy, biogeographic dynamics, biological invasions, biomechanics, and the stability of taxonomy. I’m currently working to quantify and understand the morphological dimension of marine bivalve biodiversity using 3D scans of the marine Bivalvia, both ancient and recent. See the projects and papers below for more information.
PhD in Paleobiology, 2018
University of Chicago
Lab updates – upcoming papers, talks, and biv3d status.
Congrats to Katie and the rest of the bivalve team for the acceptance of our first biv3d publication– Spatial filters of function and phylogeny determine morphological disparity with latitude! Links to the paper and the UChicago press release.
The bivalve lab heads to the World Malacology Congress in Pacific Grove, CA this month. Katie will be providing an overview of our rapidly growing biv3d project, and I’ll be discussing morphological correlates of extinction across the KPg and their role in the recovery of marine bivalve families through the Cenozoic.
The UChicago Center for Data and Computing has written a nice article on our biv3d project.
Conratulations to Matthew and the rest of the Bird-Bivalve lab group on the acceptance of our paper comparing the drivers of latitudinal gradients in functional diveristy across marine and terrestrial systems! Link to the paper in Proc. Roy. Soc. B.
Admittedly, it’s an ambitious effort to CT scan every living marine bivalve species that occurs along the continental shelf (less than 200m water depth), but we currently stand at ~2500 of 6000 species and counting (and 90% of extant genera!). These 3D models of the bivalve shell are giving us (= Katie Collins, Tingran Gao, Rüdiger Bieler, and David Jablonski) unprecedented access to the variation in bivalve form, and have provided us with the raw material to explore the relationship between this third “currency” of biodiversity and its more commonly studied taxonomic and functional components. We’re especially excited to be developing novel methods for quantifying the complex and diverse forms seen across all of Bivalvia.