My PhD focused on the evolution of cutaneous senses in sea snakes, but I’m broadly interested in using integrative appraoches to solve complex problems in evolutionary biology.
Sea snakes are fully-aquatic marine reptiles and are closely related to venomous Australian land snakes (e.g. brown snakes, death adders, tiger snakes). They recently transitioned into the marine environments approximately 6 million years ago and have many fascinating adaptations to the aquatic world, like paddle-shaped tails for swimming and cutaneous respiration for diving. I want to know how this major ecological shift from land to sea has influenced the evolution of sensory systems in sea snakes.