About the Lab

We study the evolution of fishes with an emphasis on taxonomy (describing new species), phylogenetics (how are the species related), and how their morphology interacts with their ecology. Our lab has served as leaders in two of the largest fish taxonomy projects, the All Catfish and All Cypriniformes Species Inventories. This research has brought us to nearly every continent and to some of the most remote places on the planet. We primarily study freshwater fishes, but students have completed projects on marine fishes as well.

As part of our fieldwork, we collect fishes, whole specimens and tissues. Most of those specimens are placed in the Auburn University Museum Fish Collection located in the Biodiversity Learning Center. The collection now contains over 68,000 jars of fishes and over 750,000 specimens. These specimens are studied here and sent on loan to researchers around the world.

New Lab Members

Posted October 2017

We have two new lab members! Cori Black joined in May and Courtney Weyand in August. We said goodbye to two lab members in August, Carla Stout and Ed Burress, who both left Auburn to begin postdoctoral fellowships in California: California State Polytechnic University, Pamona and University of California, Davis).