We are interdisciplinary biologists interested in broad-scale biodiversity patterns and the processes that generate them. Our research program addresses how temporal, phylogenetic and spatial patterns of ecomorphological and lineage diversity are influenced by biotic and abiotic traits and the interaction between them. The aim is to identify repeating themes and general principles governing the evolution of vertebrate biodiversity. Only by understanding what drove diversity changes in the past can we begin to predict future responses to global change. We work at the macro-scale, investigating global patterns over long periods of time across large clades, and to do so we apply data science techniques, tapping the reserves of scientific data in museum collections, published literature, as well as online databases. Central to our research is the generation and analysis of ecomorphological databases, consisting of morphometric measurements and geometric morphometric descriptions of shape taken from museum specimens, enabling us to integrate fossil and living diversity when applicable. We specialize in the implementation of modern phylogenetic comparative methods in a high performance computing framework. There are two major research projects ongoing within the lab, the first on the ecological & environmental drivers of body form diversity across fishes and the second on mammalian diet and diversification.
Price & Schmitz (2016) Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B. 371(1691)