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.
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".
26 October 2014: Just returned from the bat conference (44th NASBR). Congratulations to Maggie and Aja for their excellent talks at the meeting!
30 July 2014: American Museum of Natural History 2014 NSF REU symposium is underway! Maggie's talk goes 1st!
31 May 2014: Just began the American Museum of Natural History REU summer with a great group of young scientists.