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Brian O'Toole

Email: bpo23[at]cornell.edu


Brief CV:

I am a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. I have worked in the Searle lab since Spring 2011 on Friđa Jóhannesdóttir’s research involving Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) and genetically analyzing the species’ thermo-regulation from three different climates. I am also working on a senior thesis involving Ermine (Mustela erminea) skull morphology and phylogeography from Western Europe and North America.

Research Goals:

To help understand the roles of population history and ecology in determining skull morphology, to use state-of-the-art morphometric methods to compare ermines (Mustela erminea) in Ireland with those in Britain and continental Europe, and to extend genetic and morphological studies to include the whole North American distribution.

Other Interests:

Apart from research, I enjoy running, swimming, gorge jumping, hiking, traveling, and mammal watching.


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