Brandon P. Hedrick

Functional Morphologist | Evolutionary Biologist | Paleontologist | Ecologist

Principal Investigator

Assistant Professor, Cornell University

Emory University B.S. 2010

University of Pennsylvania Ph.D. 2015


University of Massachusetts (Dumont Lab)

Harvard University (Pierce Lab)

University of Oxford (Benson Lab)


Lab Members

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William Hooker (Class of 2024 at Cornell University)

Will is an Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) major with a concentration in Geological Science and a minor in Biology. His interests include vertebrate paleontology, fossil collecting, and paleoart. To share his enthusiasm about Earth science, Will founded the Pangea Club at Cornell. Will's experience ranges from exhibition design at the American Museum of Natural History to running high-temperature geochemical experiments in the EAS Department. 


In the Hedrick Lab, Will is examining cranial data using three-dimensional geometric morphometrics to assess the degree of asymmetry in the mammal-like reptile Diictodon (Synapsida, Therapsida) and explore how taphonomic processes alter interpretation of the fossil record.


Jazmine Aguilar (Class of 2023 at LSU)

Jazmine graduated in the Spring of 2020 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a BS in Animal Science and a minor in Psychology. She is currently a second year grad student in the Biomedical Sciences MS program at LSU. Her goal after graduating is to continue to vet school and pursue a career in veterinary medicine. Specifically, she aims to help transcend the current standards of veterinary care for underserved communities by providing exemplary animal care.


Jazmine is working with the Hedrick Lab and the Schachner Lab (LSU) to assess the anatomy of veiled chameleon lungs using high resolution micro-CT scans. This includes a complete ontogenetic series of veiled chameleons, including developmental stages.

Lab Alumni

Luke Pruett (2022)​ (Class of 2022 at LSU): 

Project: The effects of cranial asymmetry on bite force in the green anole (Anolis carolinensis) 

Farid Abou-Issa (2021-2022)​ (Class of 2025 at LSU School of Medicine):

Project: Locomotion Fabrication: 3D printing evolutionarily unique proximal forelimbs for effective educational outreach

Karine Abazajian (2020-2022)​ (Class of 2022 at Tulane University): 

Project: Skull asymmetry in urban and rural Virginia Opossums in Louisiana

Marc Merriman Jr. (2020-2022)​ (Class of 2022 at Xavier University): 

Project: A comparative outlook of 2D vs 3D geometric morphometrics in the Virginia Opossum

Currently Marc is a Master's student at UConn.

Alexandra Magee (2020-2021)​ (Class of 2024 at Xavier University):

Project: The influence of limb asymmetry on anole locomotion

Erin Sheehy (2020–2021)​ (Class of 2021 at Tulane University):

Project: Skull shape divergence across three species of Louisiana bats with similar diets.

Currently Erin is a Master's student in Tulane's EEB Program