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About Cheryl Wilga

My research interests center on the functional morphology and evolution of behaviors that are key to individual survival, such as feeding and locomotion in fishes. I use the comparative approach to investigate how changes in the morphology of a musculoskeletal system affect its function. A comprehensive knowledge of the morphology and function of a musculoskeletal system as well as the physical environment is essential in understanding how form and function evolve. Laboratory experiments coupled with field studies and phylogenetic research can provide this information. This integration of function, morphology, ecology and phylogeny is essential to accurately interpret the evolution of structure and function in a system.


Present Faculty Member, University of Rhode Island


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