In a nutshell:
The Caribbean islands have a very complex geological history, which sets a remarkable stage to study biogeographic and evolutionary patterns in the animals and plants that inhabit this archipelago. My research focuses on developing computerized genetic and distribution models combined with fossils to answer questions on the origin, colonization, movement, distribution, extinction, and genetic variation and structure of Caribbean bats.
6 May 2015: Heading off to Florida Museum of Natural History to study more island bat fossils with Dave Steadman.
26 April 2015: Just returned from a very successful bat collecting trip to Belize. It was great to catch up with so many great fellow bat biologists! Pteronotus personatus (Wagner's mustached bat) and Mimon cozumelae (Cozumelan golden bat) were among the most exciting captures.
27 February 2015: Our latest collaborative collecting field trip with Dave Steadman, Hayley Singleton, Harlan Gough, Nancy Albury and Kelly Delancey was a complete success! We collected bat samples from new caves and piles of fossils of extirpated verts in Crooked Island, Bahamas.
20 February 2015: Congratulations to Maggie! She was accepted to the Graduate Program at Columbia University!
9 January 2015: Our latest publication, "Fossils reject climate change as the cause of extinction of Caribbean bats", is available open access in Scientific Reports!
17 December 2014: Congratulations to Aja for successfully defending her MS thesis: "Hips don't lie: using variation in pelvic osteology to inform bat relationships".