Sarah Z. Gibson
University of Kansas, Department of Geology
KU Natural History Museum and Biodiversity Institute
1345 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawerence, Kansas 66045
I am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Geology and the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Kansas, under Dr. Hans-Peter Schultze and Dr. Paul Selden. I am focusing on the biodiversity of lower actinopterygian fishes in the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, Lower Jurassic Moenave Formation, and the Triassic-Jurassic Newark Supergroup. I am using morphological characters within a phylogenetic framework to answer questions about the evolution of these fishes, and how their morphology relates to their environment and habitat. My background is in geology and evolutionary biology, and I am working to integrate these two fields to broaden our understanding of the biodiversity and evolutionary relationships of Early Mesozoic lower actinopterygian fishes from North America.