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Researcher

Chris Broeckhoven

  • Research interest:I'm a postdoctoral research fellow at the Functional Morphology lab, University of Antwerp (Belgium). My primary research interest lies with the evolution of body armour in vertebrates, more specifically of dermal bone or osteoderms. To answer these questions I'm using a variety of model organisms, including lizards and frogs, as well as various methodological techniques such as x-ray micro-computed tomography to obtain morphological information. If possible, phylogenetic comparative methods are used to obtain information on the evolution of the trait of interest. In addition, I conduct experiments in a functional morphological context using state-of-the art techniques including thermal imaging and evaporimetry.
  • Keywords:ECOMORPHOLOGY, HERPETOLOGY, ADAPTATION, FUNCTIONAL MORPHOLOGY, EVOLUTION, EVOLUTIONARY MORPHOLOGY, LIZARDS, MICRO TOMOGRAPHY, Biology
  • Disciplines:Animal morphology, anatomy and physiology, Vertebrate biology, Biology of adaptation, Phylogeny and comparative analysis
  • Research techniques:Micro-computed tomography
  • Users of research expertise:Biologists