CT scans and skeletal evolution

Image of Lizard and CT scans of Lizard skull

About this research opportunity

Join a team of researchers using CT scans of lizard skeletons to understand the evolution of locomotion, habitat use, and sensory behavior (more information can be found here). This specific research experience is part of a major NSF-funded research project about functional morphology and involves collecting and analyzing morphological data from 3D CT scans. You will work individually and on your own schedule most of the time and come together with the larger team to make decisions and coordinate efforts. We will train you to use 3D statistical software, to recognize anatomical structures, and to compare anatomy of different species to infer how they evolved.

There will be additional opportunities to work with our collaborators in Texas and Mexico, to present your results at conferences, to do fieldwork, and/or to contribute to scientific publications. Overall, this lab position provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to gain experience in all parts of the research process from collecting and analyzing data to coordinating with the lab team. There is a lot of room for growth within the lab, and you will be joining a supportive community of researchers with diverse professional goals. All work and meetings can be done remotely via email, Zoom and Dropbox. We look forward to hearing from you.


Any ASU Online who is pursuing a degree within The College Liberal Arts & Sciences can apply.

Prof. Emilia Martins
Course credit?
How to apply

Send an email to Prof. Martins (emilia.martins@asu.edu) summarizing current academic status, any previous research experience, and career goals

Contact information

Prof. Emilia Martins (emilia.martins@asu.edu)

Additional program details

Number of students being recruited
15 Weeks
Hours per week