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Santa Cruz, CA

Vikram Baliga, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia. Areas of research: morphology, ecology, ontogeny, and phylogenetic comparative methods.

 
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I am an evolutionary biologist and functional morphologist. I study the integrative biology of performance during feeding and locomotion, and how this relates to underlying anatomy. My approach includes focused, mechanistic studies that answer questions about kinematic and neuromuscular control of behavior. What I learn from these studies then informs broader, comparative investigations of how ecology and evolution shape organismal design.

I mostly investigate the relationship between form and function in the skulls or limbs of vertebrate animals. For more, check out my Research page.

I attained my Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology in 2016 at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My doctoral advisor was Rita Mehta, with whom I continued in a short stint as a postdoc. I am now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Zoology Department at the University of British Columbia, working with Doug Altshuler.

In my spare time, I also enjoy reading about mythology, shooting photos, and watching NBA basketball. I'd undoubtedly beat you in a James Harden look-alike contest.

Contact me: vbaliga@zoology.ubc.ca