Our lab is primarily interested in the integration of sensory biology and behavior with functional morphology. We employ behavioral assays, field observations, and comparative morphology to test hypotheses about the evolution of biological structures. We have concentrated primarily on the elasmobranch fishes, which provide an opportunity to investigate various sensory modalities among closely related but morphologically dissimilar species.
In addition to our work on sensory biology, our lab also uses the seasonally abundant blacktip sharks as a model to study predator-prey interactions, migration, and environmental factors that correlate with their movement. This involves aerial surveys, telemetry, and analysis of video footage collected with drones and stationary cameras