I am an evolutionary biologist and functional morphologist. In my research, I explore the relationship between form and function in the skulls of fishes. My analyses integrate ecology and ontogeny with morphometrics and 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 cleaner fishes are from a morphological standpoint. Has evolution selected for similar traits each time cleaning has evolved? Or is there more than one way to build a cleaner?