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Brian Leander


Botany / Zoology

Faculty of Science

The long-term objectives of our research program are to (a) discover novel traits associated with locomotion, feeding and symbiotic interactions; (b) reconstruct the evolutionary histories of complex morphological systems (e.g., ocelloids and nematocysts) using comparative molecular methods; (c) accelerate the characterization of new and poorly known lineages of (uncultured) organisms from diverse marine environments; and (d) understand major trends and reoccurring innovations in eukaryotic evolution (e.g., convergent evolution over vast phylogenetic distances). More focused research projects are motivated by these research themes.