Current Research

I use cutting edge technology and geometric morphometrics to answer questions about how external factors (e.g., ecology, body size) influence the evolution of skeletal morphology.

Some of the questions I am currently interested in…

How is vertebral morphology related to ecology in extinct and extant members of Crocodylomorpha?

Are there cryptic regions within the presacral vertebral column of extant lizards? How is regionalization related to ecology, body size, and phylogenetic history?

How is modularity and integration in the reptilian skeleton related to ecology?

I have some rockstar undergraduates working with me on various research projects. If you’re a current Stony Brook University student and interested in joining the team check out my URECA posting, and send me an email at candice.stefanic@stonybrook.edu.