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The long-term goal of my research program is to understand the connections among morphology, function, behavior and ecology, and how these factors interact to result in ecological radiations. My work is focused on mammals, with a particular emphasis on bats. This group is one of the most ecologically and morphologically diverse lineages within mammals and thus offers a unique opportunity to investigate patterns and mechanisms of diversification. I apply a comparative and integrative approach to my research, involving data collection in the field from free-ranging animals, along with lab techniques for the study of behavior, morphology, biomechanics and evolutionary patterns. By doing this work within a broad comparative context, I am able to test hypotheses about adaptations and diversification.
2017-present: Associate Professor with tenure, Department of Biology, University of Washington.
2012-present: Curator of Mammals, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington.
2012-2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington.
2010-2012: Postdoctoral Fellow. Institute for Society and Genetics. University of California Los Angeles.
2005-2010: Ph.D. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. University of Massachusetts Amherst.
2004: Licenciatura en Biología. Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela.