Sam ChurchPosition in Extavour Lab: Graduate Student
B.A., Biology. Brown University. Providence RI, USA.
Starting as an undergrad at Brown University, I worked with Casey Dunn on the evolution of a group of free-swimming colonial hydrozoans called siphonophores. This work sparked my interest in the evolution of diverse forms and the interaction between genetic and cellular mechanisms that contributes to these forms. In addition to studying jellyfish evolution and development in the Dunn lab, I developed phylogenetic software, called SOWHAT, which statistically tests evolutionary hypotheses. In 2015 I joined the Extavour lab as a graduate student in the OEB graduate training program. I am supported by an NSF Graduate Reserach Training Fellowship.