ECOLOGY : MORPHOLOGY : BEHAVIOR
What is the usefulness/adaptive value of a morphological characteristic, and how do small changes in shape affect the natural history of an organism? Examining the morphology of wings can provide greater insight into the ecology of disparate taxa. Characteristic placement, flexion, and size of bat wing digits can have meaningful impacts on aerodynamic efficiency and flight ability. My interests lie in how subtle morphological differences affect the ecology and dispersal ability of bats and other organisms. I hope to increase our understanding of the ecology and translocation of volante organisms.
I am currently enrolled as a PhD student at Rutgers-NJIT Federated Departments of Biological Sciences in Newark, in the lab of Dr. J. Angelo Soto-Centeno. A background in design, fabrication, and architecture inform my perception of the utility/adaptive value of morphology.