Florida Museum of Natural History

John Starmer, PhD Student

Dissertation Research

I am interested in undertstanding how modern and historical processes interact to create and limit biodiversity at local and regional scales. I am studying aspidochirote sea cucumber phylogenetics (Synallactidae, Holothuriidae, Stichopodidae) with a focus on the stichopodids. I hope to determine if habitat specificity influenced the group's ability to diversify in shallow water tropical versus shallow-temperate and deep water environments.

Thelenota anax

Thelenota anax

Selected publications