Lucy Tran

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Lucy Tran

Ph.D. Student

Office Location(s): 2095 Museums Building
Phone: 734.763.7943
Fax: 734.763.0544
lucaptra@umich.edu

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Museum of Zoology
  • About

    Advisor

    L. Lacey Knowles

    Research Interests

    My research uses geometric morphometric techniques (studying the variation and change in the size and shape of skulls) to assess how ecological factors drive speciation in African and Asian colobine monkeys. Divergence in ecological traits that mediate species' interactions with their environment in response to, for example, interspecific competition or ecological opportunity (e.g., traits that are functionally related to trophic use) can implicate natural selection in generating species richness. I am also interested in applying coalescent-based approaches to inferring the phylogeny of colobine monkeys and the phylogeographic history of one colobine group, the endangered douc langurs of Southeast Asia.

    Academic Background

    B.S., Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution with minor in Geography/Environmental Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007

  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Spatial Patterns and Processes of Speciation