Christy Anna Hipsley

Christy Anna Hipsley

Assistant professor

My research uses integrative techniques to reconstruct morphological transformations in the 500-million year history of vertebrate life, including bioinformatic, molecular, ecological, paleoclimatic and morphological approaches. In particular, I use X-ray computed tomography, or CT, to generate three-dimensional models of fossil and living organisms for comparison in an evolutionary framework, often using geometric morphometrics. I currently apply these methods to the Australian fossil record to describe how Cenozoic climate change has shaped morphological and taxonomic variation in lizards and frogs, and to identify the contexts under which biodiversity is generated and destroyed.

Primary fields of research

Evolutionary biology

Vertebrate paleontology

Herpetology

Phenotypic convergence

3D shape analysis

Teaching

Palæontologi (Pal)

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