Joshua S. Reece, Ph.D.

University of Central Florida

A multilocus molecular phylogeny that demonstrates multiple origins of durophagous (shell-crushing) skull morphology from a piscivorous ancestor (see paper here)

Conservation Biology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Population Genetics

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Central Florida in collaboration with Reed Noss. We are using environmental niche modeling tools to understand how 50 different species of plants and animals will respond to sea level rise, projected land development, and climate change in Florida. This work is funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Kresge Foundation to help develop management plans that conserve biodiversity.

My previous postdoc was at the University of California in Santa Cruz in collaboration with Rita Mehta. We used molecular phylogenetics, functional morphology and comparative methods to understand the effects of evolutionary history and geographic variation on morphological diversity in the jaws of the predatory fishes known as moray eels. This work is currently in review at the American Naturalist and the Journal of Evolutionary Biology.

My dissertation work investigated how 150 different species of moray eels in the Indian and Pacific Oceans have speciated from a common ancestor and how populations of these coral reef fishes are connected by migration, publications related to this work are under can be found here.

University of Central Florida

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Our work was recently featured as the cover article in the Journal of Heredity!

Photo Luiz Rocha

Two new species of moray eels discovered!

See article here

Click here to see example species page