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The Hedrick Lab seeks to better understand the interconnected relationship between morphology, phylogeny, and ecology in order to answer the question:

How do morphological innovations lead to ecological expansion and the radiation of taxa?

By studying a wide variety of taxa ranging from sharks, to bats, to rodents, to dinosaurs, we assess the impact of morphological evolution on the great diversity of life, past, present, and future.

News from 2024

May 12, 2024; Batting in Belize!

Brandon was in Belize to catch bats and explore how their wing shape changes during the flap cycle. This involved catching bats in front of Mayan temples at Lamanai and flying them in front of high speed cameras to generate 3D wing kinematics. Brooke Quinn (Brown University) and Andrea Rummel (Rice University) were in charge of the flight tent and were exploring other cool questions about bat flight.

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May 16, 2024; Jamison Presents on His Work

Jamison Thompson, a high school student working in the Hedrick lab for the 2023-2024 academic year presents his research on integration in terrestrial and saltatory rodents at the annual New Visions symposium. Fantastic work!

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March 11, 2024 TCAMP and Spotted Salamander Migrations!

After months of hard work, the Hedrick Lab's Stephen Bredin led the inaugural Tompkins County Amphibian Migration Patrol (TCAMP) to help migrating amphibians cross roads in the Ithaca area. This mobilized volunteers from the vet school, from Cornell more generally, and from across Tompkins county. Data to come!

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January 7, 2024 The Hedrick Lab at SICB

The Hedrick Lab had a large presence at SICB this year thanks to Lauren Essner (top left), Elizabeth Augustin (top right), and Will Hooker (bottom) (all undergrads) who presented posters on the work that they have been doing for the past year. Andrew Orkney and Priscila Rothier (postdocs) also presented their work. In spite of nominally being a mammalogist, Brandon gave a herp talk for a 3rd SICB in a row. 

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