Abby Vander Linden
B.S., Biology, University of Washington, 2013
I am broadly interested in the relationships between morphology, ecology, behavior, and evolution in mammals. My current research investigates how the shape of the neck vertebrae is influenced by fighting behavior in mammal species where males use their horns and antlers to battle each other for mating rights (e.g. sheep, antelope, deer, and relatives). I will use a combination of 3D imaging and shape analysis, phylogenetic comparative methods, biomechanical modeling, and traditional dissection to explore the incredible behavior and diverse morphology of these animals.