I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, working with Andrew Biewener and Stephanie Pierce. I study locomotor biomechanics, macroevolution, and functional morphology.
My dissertation work focuses on how and why fossil horses reduced their digits. Their combination of remarkable diversity, a densely sampled fossil record, and extant relatives allows me to investigate these questions at two scales: first, the detailed relationships between individual morphology and biomechanics, and second, the large-scale patterns of digit reduction through time.
This research draws from both paleobiological and modern experimental approaches. Techniques range from characterizing the kinetics and kinematics of tapir locomotion--as an extant, tetra/tridactyl relative of equids--to finite element modeling of distal limbs in fossil horse species.