Meghan Yap-Chiongco

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I recently completed my undergraduate at UC Santa Cruz, with a degree in Ecology and Evolution. Previously, I have worked at the California Academy of Sciences under Dr. Richard Mooi studying the morphology, ontogeny, and evolution of ophicephalous pedicellariae in clypeasteroid sea urchins. In the Mehta lab, I am working on a phylogeny of amphibious fishes in order to character map elongation onto the phylogeny. The goal of this project is to see what morphological adaptations coincide with colonization events. I am very interested in systematics and functional morphology, and am currently in the process of applying to graduate school in order to continue with research.