EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY & FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY
Understanding patterns of trait variation in animals
Generally, my research interest concerns the origin of organismal trait diversity. In my studies, I try to unravel the functional and adaptive role of the observed variation in animal design. By comparing traits across species in different environments, I gauge how universal —or how idiosyncratic— particular design solutions are. Such comparative analyses may reveal the existence of trade-offs with other relevant functions or may indicate other constraints to biological ‘optimization’.