Current Postdocs

Deren Eaton
Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

I am interested in why some clades of organisms contain more species than others, and within this context, I’m particularly interested in the long recognized relationship among flowering plants where families with more specialized pollination mechanisms tend to have more species. To understand this pattern I study how flower evolution affects rates of speciation, and reciprocally, how interactions among co-occurring species, especially within highly diverse clades, affects flower evolution.

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Michael Landis
Donnelly Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

My current research aims to better understand when, why, and how groups of species came to live where they’re found today, particularly over deep timescales, and to reconcile the behavior of probabilistic models of evolution with empirical data and evolutionary theory. My broader interests include in evolutionary biology, phylogenetics, biogeography, and quantitative trait evolution, in addition to probabilistic models, Bayesian inference, and bioinformatics.