Post Doctoral Associate

Aaron Wood

Aaron Wood, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Researcher
Florida Museum of Natural History
250 Dickinson Hall
1659 Museum Road
Gainesville, FL 32611

Research Interests

My research is aimed at resolving the mammalian response to paleoclimate change by combining traditional geological and paleontological fieldwork with geometric morphometric techniques and stable isotope geochemistry.

As part of PCP-PIRE, my research will involve documenting the morphological and taxonomic diversity of Panama's fossil mammals. Integrating this data with higher latitude fossil records will enable me to characterize how mammalian faunas diverged evolutionary and ecologically as latitudinal climatic gradients intensified over the span of the Neogene.

Selected Publications

Fahlke, J. M., P. D. Gingerich, R. C. Welsh, and A. R. Wood. 2011. Crania asymmetry in Eocene archaeocete whales and the evolution of directional hearing in water. PNAS early edition: 4 pgs.

Wood, A. R., R. M. Bebej, C. L. Manz, Dana L. Begun, and P. D. Gingerich. 2011. Postcranial functional morphology of Hyracotherium (Equidae, Perissodactyla) and locomotion in the earliest horses. Journal of Mammalian Evolution 18: 1-32. DOI: 10.1007/s10914-010-9145-7

Zelditch, M. L., A. R. Wood, and D. L. Swiderski. 2009. Building developmental integration into functional systems: Function-induced integration of mandibular shape. Evolutionary Biology 36: 71-87. DOI: 10.1007/s11692-008-9034-7

Zelditch, M. L., A. R. Wood, R. M. Bonett, and D. L. Swiderski. 2008. Modularity of the rodent mandible: Integrating bones, muscles and teeth. Evolution & Development 10: 756-768. DOI: 10.1111/j.1525-142X.2008.00290.x

Wood, A. R., M. J. Kraus, and P. D. Gingerich. 2008. Down-slope fossil contamination: Mammal-bearing fluvial conglomerates and the Paleocene-Eocene faunal transition (Willwood Formation, Bighorn Basin, Wyoming). Palaios 23: 380-390. DOI:10.2110/palo.2007.p07-045r

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