My PhD is part of a multidisciplinary project on arthropod moulting, on which four different labs are collaborating. Other collaborators on the project are experts in the field of bioinformatics, transcriptomics, genetics and development and at the ANOM lab, we will contribute with our paleontological perspective. More specifically, I am focusing on the evolutionary patterns of moulting behaviours across arthropod groups and time. To achieve this, I will identify and study instances of moulting in the fossil record. My objective is to use this information with several statistical analyses and phylogenetic tools to provide a better understanding of the evolution of the different moulting behaviours.
Arthropoda, Decapoda, Moulting, Evolution
Lynch, S., Sánchez-Villagra, M. R., & Balcarcel, A. 2020. Description of a fossil camelid from the Pleistocene of Argentina, and a cladistic analysis of the Camelinae. Swiss Journal of Palaeontology, 139, 8. doi: 10.1186/s13358-020-00208-6