About - The Lawing Lab
Welcome to the Lawing Lab website! We use methods and models from modern evolutionary biology combined with evidence from the fossil record to inform our understanding of how species and communities respond to environmental change through time. Our work includes the investigation of geographic, evolutionary, and morphological responses of both species and communities to environmental changes in the past, present, and future. We are involved in developing and combining methods such as species distribution modeling (SDMs), geometric morphometrics (GMs), and phylogenetic comparative methods (PCMs).
News & Events
Fall 2018
  • Welcome to James West! He is a new M.S. student in the lab working on spiny lizard response to climate change.
Spring 2018
  • May. Working Group, Conservation Paleontology in East Africa. Funded by International Union of Biological Sciences – integrated Climate Change Biology Program. Hosted by Jason J. Head. Museum of Zoology, Cambridge, UK
Fall 2017
  • Rachel Short, John Jacisin, and Michelle Lawing presented work at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting in August.

  • Dr. Beth Reinke is joining us as a Visiting Scholar this Fall. Welcome back!
Summer 2017
  • Congratulations to Chase Brooke for earning his M.S. and good luck to him as he starts his PhD program at Michigan State University!

  • Congraulations to Dr. Beth Reinke for earning her PhD!

  • Leila Siciliano Martina presented work at the American Society of Mammalogists in June.

  • Louis Addae-Wireko collected data from fieldwork across Texas.
Spring 2017
  • May 3-5, National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) Investigative Workshop. Species Range Shifts in a Warming World. Knoxville, TN

  • March 6-8, iCCB Training Workshop, Traits past, present, and future: Quantitative approaches to paleontology, conservation, and climate change biology in Africa. National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya.