From fruit flies to sea scorpions: Eurypterids as model organisms for evolutionary research
Dr. James Lamsdell is an Assistant Professor of Paleobiology in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University. Dr. His research focuses on macroevolution and paleoecology through the lens of paleontology and paleobiology, particularly in aquatic arthropods such as marine chelicerates (relatives of spiders, mites, scorpions etc.). He uses phylogenetics to test the relationships of extinct organisms, and with these hypotheses of relationships he tests for patterns of selectivity in macroevolutionary events such as mass extinctions. He has published extensively on fossil horseshoe crabs and the extinct eurypterids, and has ongoing research projects focusing on the Late Devonian extinction.