Michael Chaise Gilbert

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PhD Student

M.S. in Biology, Western Kentucky University, 2016

B.S. in Biology, Murray State University, 2014

Advisor: R. Craig Albertson

Research Interests

Broadly, I am interested in the many diverse morphologies that have arisen among vertebrates (primarily fishes) and seek to better understand the evolutionary mechanisms that have helped shaped them. As a Master's student in the Collyer Morphometrics lab, my research focused on investigating differences in cranial morphology among isolated populations of Pecos pupfish (Cyprinodon pecosensis), a threatened species found in New Mexico and Texas, using geometric morphometrics. As a member of the Albertson lab, I hope to expand into new systems, acquire new skill sets, and further my understanding of morphology and the evolutionary forces behind it.