Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow Research Bio

Kevin Du Clos

Lab: Gemmell
Tampa campus

I study how marine organisms interact with their physical environments. More specifically, I use fluid mechanics approaches to study the suspension feeding biology and ecology of bivalves. I have also studied the biomechanics of a range of other marine organisms from diatoms to sharks.

Philip Morris

Lab: Carney
Tampa campus

Dr. Phil Morris has a diverse background including archaeology, vertebrate anatomy, functional morphology and biomechanics, and has enjoyed exploring all aspects of the functions and evolution of skeletal anatomy.

This has taken him from the bioanthropological examination of bones from Viking burials to the virtual analysis of rodent jaws. He settled into a firm fascination in biomechanics and the functional morphology of the jaws and masticatory apparatus whilst studying for his PhD at the Hull York Medical School, in the United Kingdom.

After successfully completing his doctorate, he moved to the University of South Florida to undertake a postdoctoral research project on the anatomy and biomechanics of cranial kinesis and jaw apparatus in the Hesperornithes and extant birds.

Recent Publications
Morris, P.J.R., Cobb, S.N.R. and Cox, P.G. (2018) Convergent Evolution in the Euarchontoglires, Biology Letters, 14: 20180366.

Morris, P.J.R., Cox, P.G. and Cobb, S.N.R (2019) Mechanical Significance of Morphological Variation in Diprotodont Incisors. Royal Society Open Science, 6: 181317.

Raul Gonzalez-Pech

Lab: Parkinson
raulgonzalez@usf.eduTampa campus

My major research interest is the evolution of coral-dinoflagellate symbiosis. I am particularly curious about the impacts that symbiosis can have on genome evolution of dinoflagellates in the family Symbiodiniaceae.

At USF, I am applying comparative genomics and other approaches to identify the evolutionary mechanisms underpinning the diversification of Symbiodiniaceae into successful reef symbionts. In addition, I aim to improve our understanding of the molecular processes associated with adaptation of these microalgae to extreme environmental conditions (such as heat). I am also interested in the implementation of large-scale approaches and cutting edge technologies (all types of ‘-omics’) to capture the processes driving evolution of symbiosis and adaptation.