Rene P. Martin

Ph.D. aspirant at the University of Kansas

I am a first-year Ph.D. student in the Smith Lab at the University of Kansas. I moved south after earning my B.S. and M.S. in Ecology and Field Biology from St. Cloud State University (MN), studying the evolution and diversification of deep-sea fishes.

My research currently focuses on answering evolutionary questions pertaining to the diversification of lanternfishes (Myctophiformes). Lanternfishes are an extremely abundant and bioluminescent pelagic fish group. They eat large amounts of zooplankton and are prey for a variety of organisms, playing a major role in oceanic ecosystems. Lanternfishes, along with being abundant, are highly diverse for a pelagic fish lineage. My work includes creating phylogenetic hypotheses of Myctophiformes utilizing various types of data (e.g. ultra conserved elements, gene sequences, morphological characters), and using them as frameworks to investigate evolutionary questions related to lanternfish evolution and diversification. 



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