Vertebrate Radiations


I am interested in the patterns and processes associated with vertebrate radiations from origination through to extinction, with an emphasis on understanding the role of organismal traits and their interaction with the environment.  I am currently working on a broad variety of questions ranging from the effect of coral reefs on the evolution of functional morphological diversity in fishes through to the impact of diet on mammalian speciation and body size evolution. This research involves using modern phylogenetic comparative methods to incorporate the relationships between species and the timing of origination events into statistical analyses of traits. For more detailed descriptions of my current and recent projects, please see my research page.



Samantha A. Price

X                           Contact: saprice at ucdavis dot edu, Department of Evolution & Ecology, 1 Shields Avenue, UC Davis, CA 95616