Update Jan 2017: It's my pleasure to share that I will be joining the Altshuler Lab at the University of British Columbia as a postdoc in January 2017. Will further update my website shortly! -V
I am an evolutionary biologist and functional morphologist. I chiefly explore the relationship between form and function in the skulls of fishes. My work integrates ecology and ontogeny with phylogenetic comparative methods.
I am especially enamored of cleaning behavior in fishes. Cleaner fishes pick off ectoparasites and/or tissues from other organisms. This feeding strategy has evolved a number of times in various families of fishes, which gives me the opportunity to explore how convergent cleaners are. Has evolution selected for similar traits each time cleaning has evolved? Or is there more than one way to build a cleaner? For more, check out my Research page.
I recently attained my Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. My doctoral advisor was Rita S. Mehta, with whom I am continuing to work as a postdoctoral researcher.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org