LIZ TAPANES

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I'm an evolutionary biologist, recently graduated from the George Washington University's Human Paleobiology Program and soon to transition to a post-doctoral position.

My research program examines how and why animals have evolved such spectacular phenotypic diversity. To address this, I sample from wild populations and combine genomics, phenotyping, and climate analyses. 

 

As a doctoral candidate, I focused mainly on studying hair diversity in wild lemur populations. Like Darwin's finches, lemurs are a large adaptive radiation--and vary remarkably in their hair phenotypes. Indriidae, specifically, make an exceptional contemporary proxy to understand human hair evolution. 

 

In this next stage of my career, I am looking to expand and work with non-primate vertebrates. 

E-mail me at: etapanes (at) gwmail (dot) gwu (dot) edu