Edward Chase Shelburne

Ph.D. Student
 Lapham Hall

My research involves the use of morphometric techniques to quantify and compare the morphology of vertebrates. I am currently investigating extinction selectivity among marine actinopterygian assemblages across the Permian-Triassic extinction boundary by quantifying the morphological structures of fish within both periods. By examining ecologically informative features, I can assess which features are conducive to survival across the boundary and which ecospaces survivors tend to occupy. I am also interested in the reconstruction of fossil color, and what color in extinct animals can tell us about their habits, habitats, and life history strategies. I am currently looking into reconstructing color and patterning in well-preserved extinct actinopterygians by observing and quantifying the shape of fossilized pigment-bearing cells using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and morphometrics.