Hello! I am Robert W. Burroughs a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Maga Lab in the Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine at Seattle Children's Research Institute.
In 2021 I completed my PhD in Evolutionary Biology with the Committee on Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago in the labs of Dr. Ken Angielczyk (Field Museum) and Zhe-Xi Luo (UChicago). My dissertation focused on the developmental and evolutionary mechanisms that shape rodent molars particularly in the extant Sagebrush Vole, Lemmiscus curtatus. In 2013 I completed my MS in Geological Sciences at The University of Texas at Austin in the lab of Dr. Chris Bell. My MS thesis focused on the evolution and phylogeny of testudinoid turtles in the Cenozoic. In 2010 I completed my BA in Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin. My undergraduate research focused on skeletal variation in the box turtle Terrapene coahuila.
My research interests are in understanding the mechanisms that produce evolution within vertebrates, with a particular emphasis on evolutionary morphology and biogeography. Please check out my Research and Publications Pages for more specific information on my work.