Owens Awarded Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Hannah Owens has been awarded an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology in Competitive Area 2: Interdisciplinary Research Using Biological Collections. The project is entitled "Out of the Tropics and Out of the Drawer: Integrative Analysis of the Tropical Diversity Gradient From Museum Collections of New World Swallowtail Butterflies." The goal of the proposed research is to innovate in analysis of the tropical diversity gradient by incorporating traditionally-hypothesized drivers of the pattern, such as evolutionary history, clade age, and diversification rate, with novel factors such as tropicality of suitable ecological niche, breadth of abiotic niche, and morphological variability. I will be mentored by Rob Guralnick at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida. The fellowship consists of $138,000 spread over two years.