Joanna Baker

Integrating extinct and extant diversity into macro-evolutionary analyses

j.l.a.baker@pgr.reading.ac.uk
Blog: https://sites.google.com/site/jobakerevo/home

Supervisors:

Funding:

  • University of Reading

Start date:

  • January 2013

Abstract:

My area of research is broad in scope, though is focused on characterizing patterns and processes of how biological characters have changed over time among different groups of animals. This includes detecting body size trends in planktonic microorganisms and mammals all the way to inferring how natural selection has acted on anatomical features associated with distinct behaviours such as flight in dinosaurs or cooking in hominins.  My research is unified by the approaches taken to answering these questions and is involved in both developing and implementing such methods for use with varied and diverse datasets.