I use morphological, functional, and phylogenomic approaches to understand the patterns underlying and processes shaping vertebrate diversity on macroevolutionary timescales.
A common theme that runs throughout my work is the drive to understand the significance and evolutionary history of functional and morphological innovations. I also characterize the axes along which organisms diversify and identify the role that physical constraints play in determining these axes.
I address these themes using a combination of traditional (e.g., dissection, clearing and staining) and cutting-edge (e.g., phylogenomics, micro-CT scanning, high-speed video) methods to assemble comparative datasets that are ambitious in their detail and scope.
For more information about my research, contact me by email: sarah.longo “at” duke.edu