Taran Grant, Ph.D.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024, USA
My research focuses on the phylogenetic diversification of amphibians (and reptiles, to a lesser degree) and how it relates to the evolution of particular character systems, including morphological, behavioral, and molecular evolution. To that end, I have developed broadly overlapping empirical, theoretical, and analytical lines of investigation, which I believe to be the essential ingredients of a coherent, directed, and innovative research program in evolutionary biology. Observed biodiversity demands explanation, and heritable variation provides the evidential basis for testing phylogenetic explanations. Defensible theoretical foundations are necessary to allow consistent inferences to be made, and rigorous analytical techniques allow otherwise impossibly complex problems to become feasible. All three aspects are required to gain an understanding of the phylogenetic diversification of amphibians.
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