David CernyGraduate Student

Research Focus:
Vertebrate paleontology, macroevolution, phylogenetics
HGS 221

B.S. (Honors) in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, 2018 (University of California, Los Angeles)

Research Interests
I am interested in using the methods of statistical phylogenetics to extract information from the fossil record and shed light on the evolution of various vertebrate groups. In particular, my interests revolve around detecting changes in the rates of diversification and trait evolution, and linking them to their possible geological and ecological causes. My research so far has focused on tackling these questions by combining paleontological and molecular data in a common statistical framework.

Selected Publications
Alfaro ME, Faircloth BC, Harrington RC, Sorenson L, Friedman M, Thacker CE, Oliveros CH, Cerny D, Near TJ. 2018. Explosive diversification of marine fishes at the Cretaceous–Palaeogene boundary. Nature Ecol. Evol. 2: 688–696.

Lima MGM, de Sousa e Silva-Júnior J, Cerny D, Buckner JC, Aleixo A, Chang J, Zheng J, Alfaro ME, Martins A, Di Fiore A, Boubli JP, Lynch Alfaro JW. 2018. A phylogenomic perspective on the robust capuchin monkey (Sapajus) radiation. Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 124: 137–50.

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