Links among morphological, functional, performance and lineage diversity in bats

A Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar Series featuring Sharlene Santana, Department of Biology and Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington

Wednesday, February 05, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2320 Life Sciences Building


One of the most active research areas in biology focuses on understanding how morphology maps onto function and performance, and how adaptations in these traits may allow lineages to diversify. Bats constitute an excellent system for investigating these connections because it is possible to explicitly quantify cranial traits and functional properties that are relevant to biting performance, and this group exhibits an outstanding diversity of dietary specializations within a relatively simple anatomical template. I will present a comprehensive, quantitative dataset on the cranial morphology, muscle function and in vivo bite forces across several families of bats. Using these data in phylogenetic comparative analyses, I will illustrate how morphological diversity maps onto functional and performance diversity, and assess which and how morphological and functional traits are related to lineage diversification.

Host: Michael Alfaro

Refreshments will be served at 11:40 a.m.