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Brendon Boudinot


I want to know how morphological diversity came into being along the branches of the tree of life. One of my objectives is to improve our definition of homology, i.e., the identity of (body) parts. By explicitly recording observations of the structural relationships of parts, it becomes possible to describe variation which occurs outside our observational frame via phylogenetic analysis. To solve practical problems, I rely on a combination of genetic and morphological data, and with fossils providing samples of change through time. My work at Davis focuses on: (1) the morphological definitions of the Formicidae; (2) the time-scaled phylogeny of the Formicoidea; and (3) the evolutionary morphology of the insect abdomen and genitalia.

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Mailing address:

Brendon E. Boudinot
Dept. of Entomology & Nematology
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616

E-mailboudinotb [at]

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