Kathryn Kavanagh

Kathryn Kavanagh, PhD

Associate Professor

Biology

Kavanagh Research Lab

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Science & Engineering 320D

Education

1998James Cook University of North QueenslandPhD in Biology
1992College of William and MaryMA in Marine Science

Teaching

  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • Evolutionary Developmental Biology
  • Embryology
  • Coral Reef Biology

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Structure and phylogeny of vertebrates. Laboratory work illustrates evolutionary trends and specializations.

Structure and phylogeny of vertebrates. Laboratory work illustrates evolutionary trends and specializations.

Structure and phylogeny of vertebrates. Laboratory work illustrates evolutionary trends and specializations.

One to four hours in varied formats Selected topics in Biology. In recent years these have included physiology and biochemistry of marine animals, evolutionary ecology, biology of marine mammals, morphometrics and phylogenetic systematics, and extremophiles.

Research

Research Activities

  • Adaptive plasticity in thoracic and limb regions in birds and mammals
  • Co-evolution of morphological and life history traits in damselfishes

Research

Research Interests

  • Developmental bias and plasticity in evolution
  • Vertebrate skeletal development and evolution
  • Evolution of larval-brooding damselfishes

Select publications

  • Kavanagh, K.D. (2019).
    Developmental plasticity associated with early structural integration and evolutionary patterns: examples of developmental bias and developmental facilitation in the skeletal system.
    Evolution & Development
  • Young, N.M., Takkellapati, S., Winslow, B., Kavanagh, K.D. (2015).
    Shared rules of development predict patterns of evolution in segmentation.
    Nature Communications, 6, 6690.
  • Kavanagh, K.D., Evans, A.E., Jernvall, J. (2007).
    Predicting evolutionary patterns of mammalian teeth from development.
    Nature, 449, 427-432.
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