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Daniel is interested in the role played by modularity in the success of taxa during ecological turnovers. He is pursuing an honors research project on Ordovician brachiopods before and after the Richmondian invasion, asking whether the taxa involved differ in the degree to which their shells are integrated and whether that plays a role in which ones are more successful.
Daniel is also working in collaboration with Spencer Hellert on morphological integration in the limbs of flying and flightless birds and the patterning of head ornamentation in Onthophagus beetles. He has experience with building phylogenetic supertrees, producing 3D laser scans, segmenting volumetric data with Slicer 3D, and analysis with geometric morphometrics.