Western Australia (2013)
Joan Garcia-Porta, PhD
I am an evolutionary biologist interested in the processes that produce and modulate phenotypic and species diversity. Why are there taxonomic groups with so many species and others with so few? Why have some groups attained enormous levels of disparity, while others appear so phenotypically conserved? These are the main questions that drive my research. To deal with these questions I work at the interface between molecular phylogenetics, ecology and trait evolution and I use statistical modelling to integrate these three components of my research.
Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher at Carlos Botero's Lab (Washington University in St Louis, USA), where I study the macroevolutionary consequences of brain expansion in different bird groups.
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