The relationship between shelled prey and their predators can be thought of as an arms-race, with each side constantly innovating. While most studies focus on shell composition and morphology, I am interested in the functional morphology of the crushing teeth themselves. While durophagous teeth tend to be relatively robust and blunt, there are, in fact, a variety of forms. My research focuses on the relationship between tooth structure and function in these hard-prey crushing species. I use physical models, materials testing, and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to better understand the trede-offs working in this system, hope to use these findings to interpret fossil morphologies.
University of Chicago (2002-2006) BA, Biological Sciences
University of Washington (Friday Harbor Labs)
Invertebrate Zoology (Summer 2005)
Biomechanics (Summer 2008)
Fish Biomechanics (summer 2010)
University of California, Irvine (Fall 2007-Summer 2009) graduate student
University of Washington (Fall 2009-present) graduate student