PhD, Simon Fraser University
I’m a marine biologist interested in using an interdisciplinary approach to broad ecological and evolutionary topics. My main focus is studying chondrichthyans, an under-appreciated vertebrate group. I have worked in reproductive physiology and ecology, behavior, and toxicology and try to use tools from these various fields to answer new questions. I conducted my PhD work at Simon Fraser University with Dr. Nick Dulvy and Dr. Kara Yopak. My dissertation focused on chondrichthyan evolutionary ecology, and I used comparative techniques to examine the interaction between life-history evolution and brain development. We found that pre-partum maternal investment, in the form of matrotrophy, is associated with increased relative brain size, and that brain organization varies with life history and lifestyle. You can find out more about my work by following me on twitter (@DrSharkbrain).