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Research Interests

The Evolution of Functional and Morphological Diversity

In my research, I integrate techniques from engineering and computer science to answer questions about evolution, comparative biomechanics, and adaptation to long and short scale environmental change.   My work focuses on three questions:

  1. How does phenotype affect biomechanics and behavior?

  2. What biomechanical strategies contribute to niche transitions over evolutionary timescales?

  3. How can we use comparative biomechanics to create engineering solutions in health, technology, and conservation?

I answer these questions primarily using non-model fish systems and preserved specimens in museum collections. 

C. M. Donatelli
Curriculum Vitae

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