I am currently studying the impacts of artificial selection on domestic dog olfaction through cribriform plate morphology. Due to artificial selection, the variation in domestic dog skull shape is dramatic, especially in regards to the changes in the shape of the snout. Located with the snout are many structures related to olfaction, and I am studying how the shape of these structures is affected by the changes in skull morphology due to intense artificial selection over a relatively short time period. I also plan to compare the variation in shape between domestic dogs and all canids.
I enjoy pursuing questions related to how morphology changes over time, and how these changes in morphology impact the functional role of these traits.