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June 2016 - New $100K grant funded through National Academies Keck Futures Initiative
May 2016 - In Panama, collecting in the Darien with A.J. and Fernando
April 2016 - $500K NSF Collections in Support of Biological Research grant funded!
March 2016 - Receive LSU Rainmaker (Mid-Career Scholar) Award
February 2016 - Gave a talk as a new fellow at TED in Vancouver
January 2016 - In Barcelona, Spain for an R Class in Morphometrics
December 2015 - Named one of 21 new TED Fellows
November 2015 - Elected Secretary of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 5 year term
October 2015 - Invited to MC Homecoming at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University
September 2015 - Teaching Ichthyology all semester
August 2015 - New PhD student A.J. Turner joins lab
July 2015 - New postdoc Dr.Fernando Alda starting in the lab. #JMIH15 (Meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists)
June 2015 - Caleb McMahan defending PhD. Fieldwork on the Amazon and Evolution meetings.
May 2015 - Bill Ludt collecting in Panama.
April 2015 - Fieldwork in Kuwait and Abu Dhabi with Bill Ludt.
February 2015 - TEDxLSU talk!
January 2015 - In India for the month!
November 2014 - Valerie Derouen successfully defends her Master's of Natural Science degree!
September 2014 - New postdoc Dr. Laurie Sorenson joins the lab & Louisiana Fish Book published!
August 2014 - JMIH conference in Chattanooga (4 lab presentations, 2 posters); teaching Evolution 3040 for the semester.
July 2014 - New $700K NSF grant to study Central America and the Greater Antilles!
June 2014 - PC and Bill Ludt collect in Kuwait. Caleb McMahan is off to start a new job at the Field Museum!
May 2014 - Tenured!
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Associate Professor/Curator of Ichthyology
Louisiana State University
Museum of Natural Science, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Research in my lab focuses on recovering the relationships of fishes in order to better understand evolutionary processes. My research interests are currently targeting two main fields: the evolution of bioluminescent systems and historical biogeography of freshwater fishes. Bioluminescent systems have evolved multiple times in fishes, predominantly among deep-sea clades. I am particularly interested in using phylogenetic tools to better understand how sexual selection on bioluminescent structures may have played a role in speciation. My biogeographic studies have looked at how fishes with low dispersal ability (such as blind cave fishes) came to be distributed across biogeographic barriers and how the distribution of freshwater fishes explain earth history. Students interested in working in my lab will learn molecular and morphological phylogenetic techniques, how to conduct geometric morphometric analyses, and various other tools to better understand fish biology.