Carolann Rachael Schack
I am interested in several aspects of morphology:
Convergent evolution: How predictable is phenotypic convergence?
Evolutionary constraints: How is morphological diversity shaped by physical, developmental, and phylogenetic limitations?
Division of labor: What drives (or prohibits) phenotypic specialization of individuals in colonial organisms? Does division of labor truly increase efficiency / fitness?
Trait-Environment relationships: Which traits a linked to envirnomental conditions and why?
Schack, C. R., D. P. Gordon, and K. G. Ryan. (2020) Community assembly in a modular organism: the impact of environmental filtering on bryozoan colony form and polymorphism. Ecology 101:e03106. https://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.3106
Smith, S. L., M. M. Criales, and C. R. Schack. (2020) The large-bodied copepods off Masirah Island, Oman: An investigation of Southwest Monsoon onset and die-off. Journal of Marine Systems 204:103289. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmarsys.2019.103289
Schack, C. R., D. P. Gordon, and K. G. Ryan. (2019) Modularity is the mother of invention: a review of polymorphism in bryozoans. Biological Reviews 94:773–809. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12478
Schack, C. R., D. P. Gordon, and K. G. Ryan. (2018) Classification of cheilostome polymorphs. Annals of Bryozoology 6:85–134