Fellows' Presentation

Evolution of the Animal Face

From Principles to Mechanisms
Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2013–2014 Fellows Presentation Series

At Radcliffe, Arkhat Abzhanov is focusing on elucidating the principles of important evolutionary phenomena from the perspective of a developmental geneticist. In particular, he plans to address the question of both large- and small-scale evolutionary transitions within birds, one of the most successful and diverse groups of organisms on earth. His research group is using a combined approach—which includes morphometric analysis, comparative embryology of key representative species, and functional experimentation—to reveal changes in the developmental (embryological) process that both led to the emergence of birds as a distinct group and underlie continuing adaptive diversification among modern birds.