Meghan A. Balk, Ph.D.

My primary research aim is to test assumptions within ecogeographic 'rules'. I focus on ecogeographic rules around evolutionary changes in body size at the population, species, and community level. I am particularly interested in understanding trends and drivers of morphological or compositional change.

I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Bio5 Institute at the University of Arizona. I am working with Dr. Ramona Walls and the FuTRES (Functional Trait Resource for Environmental Studies) team, developing an ontology of vertebrate traits to help create standards and searchable data for specimen-level trait data.

I completed my Ph.D. work with Dr. Felisa Smith in the Department of Biology at UNM.