Natasha S. Vitek

Principal Investigator. I am a paleontologist studying the evolutionary consequences of intraspecific variation in the fossil record. Using morphometrics, genomics, and museum collections I integrate modern studies of microevolution with the long timescales of the fossil record. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University. There are current openings for PhD students to join my lab and develop projects.

You can find a current list of publications on my Google Scholar Profile


Robert W. Burroughs

Postdoctoral Scholar. I am an IRACDA Postdoctoral Scholar whose research is focused on understanding the interplay between developmental variation and natural selection within vertebrates. My goal is understand the mechanisms which underlie phenotypic evolution. In 2019, I was selected as an innagural member of the Paleontological Society’s Future Leaders in Paleontology program in recognition of my research efforts. In addition to my research I am active in professional service, serving as a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology’s Development Committee. Finally, I am particularly proud to serve as a mentor to undergraduate and high school students. This is a role I have embraced throughout my career and continues as part of my appointment here at Stony Brook University. 


Alexandra Pamfilie

PhD Student. I am a PhD student interested in studying the patterns and processes of speciation and within-species divergence. My previous projects have focused on the biomechanics of adhesive lizards. I am also interested in bettering methods of science communication, education, and data visualization.


Deyonce Myles

Undergraduate Student

Jia Ci Deng

Undergraduate Student

Averill Bryan

Undergraduate Student

Amy Dong

Undergraduate Student