I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, with a secondary field in Computational Science and Engineering. I'm in the Andrew Biewener and Stephanie Pierce labs, where I study locomotor biomechanics, macroevolution, and data science.
My dissertation focuses on how and why fossil horses reduced their digits. Their remarkable diversity, densely sampled fossil record, and extant relatives allow me to investigate these questions at two scales: first, the relationship 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. I work in R and Python for data processing and statistical analyses. Techniques range from characterizing the kinetics and kinematics of tapir locomotion to finite element modeling of distal limbs in fossil horse species.