Members of LindLab have broad and diverse interests. No time period is too deep or too recent, and the scales of our studies are as disparate as the behavior of a single snail to the phylogeography of the Pacific Basin.
Sharon Moshel-Lynch is characterizing and isolating genes that regulate the development of tissues and organs in adult mollusks. Her goal is to ascertain how these genes are controlled and how they interact with one another so that we can better understand the differences between asymmetric and bilateral body plans.
Emina Begovic is the newest member of the lab, but she has already found her niche. Emina is looking at biomarkers present in specific gastropod shells that reflect dietary preferences. Her preliminary work examines both fossil and living taxa and, combined with molecular phylogenetic studies, is used to investigate the role of diet specialization on diversification patterns in eastern Pacific limpets.
Paul Bunje is interested in patterns of biodiversity and the evolutionary processes that have brought them about. To this end, he focuses on phylogenetic patterns and the relative diversities within groups. Once he has an idea of how diverse a group is, the next step is to research the mechanisms that have caused these patterns.
Alicia Cordero focuses on the evolution of the reproductive behavior and the development of the reproductive tract of particular land snails of the North American Pacific coast. She combines data (molecular, morphological, behavioral, developmental, and biogeographical) to determine relationships within this group and to test hypotheses to explain concepts such as species recognition and sexual selection by females.
Jim Kurpius is interested in evolutionary patterns of both living and extinct taxa. His research program focuses on rocky, near shore marine systems, and how life history strategies and habitats affect morphology, biogeography, and diversity. He uses evolutionary history as the comparative framework for his studies and quantifies shape change through time and lineages.
Kirsten Lindstrom (co-sponsored with Roy Caldwell) is studying the evolution of life history strategies of a particular group of crustaceans called stomatopods. She analyzes mitochondrial DNA sequences to determine paternity patterns and to document gene flow in South Pacific populations. Her study is unique and will likely serve as a model to study other invertebrates and vertebrates with planktonic (floating) larvae.
Brian Simison focuses on the biogeographical distributions of specific gastropods of the eastern Pacific margin and the Caribbean through time, and what patterns can tell us about evolution. He uses molecular, morphological, and fossil data to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships and then uses this information in conjunction with biogeographical patterns and tectonic events such as the closing of the Panamic Portal and the opening of the Gulf of California to formulate and test evolutionary hypotheses.
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