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Sam Borstein

Research Interest

Macroevolution, Trophic Ecology, Adaptive Radiation, Phylogenomics, Ichthyology

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Degree Pursuing



A unifying characteristic of all life forms is the need to acquire resources. Resources relating to food and feeding, also known as trophic resources, have been a leading factor in driving the diversity of life on this planet. I examine how trophic ecology effects macroevolutionary patterns using fish as a study system. Fish are extremely diverse with over 35,000 species and exploit a variety of disparate prey resources, ranging from algae to other vertebrates, making them ideal for large comparative studies.

Awards and Recognitions

2017 Best Progress Towards Dissertation

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