A recent migrant from the inter-mountain West, I completed my undergraduate degree at Whitman College (in Walla Walla, WA) in 2011, where I studied biomechanics, climate change ecology, and herpetology. Specifically, I conducted a biomechanical analysis of the evolutionary origin of tubular snake fangs, as well as study on the effects of asymmetric climate warming on the reproductive cycles of desert lizards. During both of these projects, I was confronted with developmental questions that I could not answer, which left me with an overwhelming curiosity in developmental biology.
In the Extavour lab, I am working with Ben Ewen-Campen on the germ cell biology of the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus, and the evolutionary history of the germ line developmental gene oskar.
2011. Clarke, D. N., and Zani, P. A. Fitness benefits of climate change for a temperate ectotherm: effects of nighttime warming on reproduction. Journal of Experimental Biology (accepted for publication)
2011. Clarke, D. N., Tinder, R., and Jackson, K. The evolution of tubular fangs in colubroid snakes: a biomechanical analysis. (in preparation).