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Intro


Exploring the Deep Sea

Biodiversity of the Deep

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Intro


Exploring the Deep Sea

Biodiversity of the Deep

 

Research in the Davis lab focuses on the evolution of fishes that inhabit the deep sea, as the extreme habitats of this environment have produced fascinating evolutionary events among the 4000 - 6000 species of marine fishes that have invaded this realm (e.g., telescopic eyes, bioluminescence, hermaphroditism). We use phylogenetic hypotheses as frameworks to investigate a breadth of evolutionary questions related to organismal diversity and diversification. Our work focuses on exploring a number of evolutionary topics related to fishes that inhabit the deep sea, including; estimating divergence times, temporal changes in diversification rates, character evolution, correlations between speciation rates and evolutionary adaptations, ecological habitat shifts, and biogeography.

 
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Adaptations


Uncovering the repeated evolution of adaptations in deep-sea environments

Adaptations


Uncovering the repeated evolution of adaptations in deep-sea environments

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Light


Investigating how and why life on Earth glows

Light


Investigating how and why life on Earth glows

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Systematics


Studying the evolutionary relationships of deep-sea fishes

Systematics


Studying the evolutionary relationships of deep-sea fishes

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Biodiversity


 

Documenting and discovering biodiversity in the deep sea

About the Lab

Biodiversity


 

Documenting and discovering biodiversity in the deep sea

About the Lab