Organismal and Evolutionary Biology Research at PCOM
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Comparative Anatomy in Nature

Organismal and evolutionary biology research at PCOM.

Organismal and Evolutionary Biology 
Research at PCOM

Evolution is the guiding force that generates the particular anatomy and physiology of every species.

Studies of evolutionary biology help us to understand the mechanisms directing the development and divergence of species, and how changing ecosystems impact the genetic regulation of form and function, health and disease, survival and reproduction.

Evolutionary Biology Research at PCOM

PCOM's interdisciplinary group of researchers studies multiple subfields of comparative vertebrate morphology, including biodiversity and systematics (nomenclature and relationships), evolutionary developmental biology, paleobiology (anthropology and paleontology) and physiology. Faculty and student investigators utilize model organisms to understand factors that both drive and impact the divergence and evolution of many species, including humans.

Anatomy professor Kerin Claeson, PhD, spent six weeks with researchers in Antarctica to explore the evolution of late Cretaceous species.

PCOM's Dr. Klaeson Visits Antarctica for Evolutionary Research Trip

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Research at PCOM

PCOM aims to develop innovative approaches to promoting health through basic, translational, clinical, behavioral, education and community research projects.