I am broadly interested in how biotic and abiotic factors interact to influence the evolution of shape. My work integrates paleontological methodology and data (i.e., repair scar studies, stable isotope geochemistry, and morphometrics) with biological and ecological methodology and data (such as predation experiments, mark-recapture data, observational ecology, and museum collections based studies) to determine the forces that both drive and constrain morphological evolution within clades of marine mollusks. I focus on the processes controlling spatial and temporal variation in local adaptation.
Combined paleontological and ecological methods can additionally be applied to address conservation-based questions: how will changing ecological interactions affect morphology, growth rates, and abundance for different taxa? What did ecological interactions look like prior to human impacts? How can we ensure that conservation measures protect ecosystem function? This multidisciplinary approach makes paleontology broadly relevant and useful for addressing current conservation and ecological issues.