ABOUT THE LAB
We study the phylogeny and systematics of marine animal groups such as annelids and crinoid echinoderms. Some of our focuses include leafy and weedy seadragons, as well as the biology of the extraordinary bone-eating worms, Osedax. We address questions concerning the evolution of reproductive mechanisms, co-phylogeny, cryptic species, biogeography and phylogeography.
Our study on the first live observations of the Ruby Seadragon was published in Marine Biodiversity Records! Read the paper.
Phyllopteryx dewysea was discovered in 2015 based on museum specimens. Last year, we set out to find the first living rubies in the wild. See media coverage and find out more about the discovery of the species here.