Dr Emma Sherratt

Emma Sherratt
Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

Research Fellow on the DVC early career research fellowship scheme.

I am an internationally-known expert in the statistical analysis of organismal form, which I apply to the study of morphological evolution at macroevolutionary scales. I am co-author of the widely used R package geomorph (http://geomorphr.github.io/geomorph/) for statistical analysis of multivariate and multidimensional data. Reptiles and amphibians are my passion, but I have worked on a diverse array of taxa including rabbits and mice, caecilian amphibians, Anolis lizards, bivalved scallops, and larval frogs.

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Dr Emma Sherratt

Research Fellow on the DVC early career research fellowship scheme.

I am an internationally-known expert in the statistical analysis of organismal form, which I apply to the study of morphological evolution at macroevolutionary scales. I am co-author of the widely used R package geomorph (http://geomorphr.github.io/geomorph/) for statistical analysis of multivariate and multidimensional data. Reptiles and amphibians are my passion, but I have worked on a diverse array of taxa including rabbits and mice, caecilian amphibians, Anolis lizards, bivalved scallops, and larval frogs.

Contact me for collaboration opportunities and geomorph training information

I am an evolutionary biologist, focussed on developing and applying comparative methods and morphometric tools to studying phenotypic evolution. I research macroevolutionary trends in the morphological evolution of vertebrates to understand the historical factors responsible for biodiversity. My empirical research has focused primarily with reptiles and amphibians, and recently includes mammals and molluscs. I apply my expertise in 3D digital imaging (micro-CT, surface scanning and microscopy) to characterising morphological variation, and also use these data to contribute to systematics (taxonomy) and phylogenetics. I am currently building my research interests to include theoretical evolutionary biology: I am learning to develop morphometric and comparative tools to quantitatively assess phenotypic variation in a macroevolutionary context. In particular, I am working to better integrate 3D digital reconstructions of anatomy into morphometrics, and expanding comparative methods to included multidimensional data.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2016 - 2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow Australian National University, Canberra
2014 - 2016 Lecturer in Zoology University of New England
2013 - 2014 Postdoctoral Research Assistant Iowa State University, Ames
2011 - 2013 Postdoctoral Research Assistant Harvard University, Cambridge
2006 - 2007 Research Technician University of Manchester, Manchester

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2017 - 2018 Fellowship Early Career Research Fellowship The University of Adelaide
2012 Award Postdoctoral Award for Professional Development Harvard University US$1,000
2007 - 2011 Scholarship PhD Scholarship, National Environmental Research Council (NERC) industrial collaborative awards in science and engineering (CASE) University of Manchester
2006 Award Zoology Prize of Excellence University of Manchester

Language Competencies

Language Competency
French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
German Can read, write, speak and understand spoken

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2007 - 2011 University of Manchester, Manchester United Kingdom Ph.D. Animal Biology
2002 - 2006 University of Manchester, Manchester United Kingdom B.Sc. Zoology with Industrial Experience

Research Interests

Anatomy & Morphology, Animal Structure and Function, Biostatistics, Evolutionary Biology

Journals

Year Citation
2017 Sherratt, E., Serb, J. M. & Adams, D. C. (2017). Rates of morphological evolution, asymmetry and morphological integration of shell shape in scallops. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 1747-1747.
2017 Sherratt, E., Vidal-García, M., Anstis, M. & Keogh, J. S. (2017). Adult frogs and tadpoles have different macroevolutionary patterns across the Australian continent. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 9, 1385-1391.
10.1038/s41559-017-0268-6
2017 Serb, J., Sherratt, E., Alejandrino, A. & Adams, D. (2017). Phylogenetic convergence and multiple shell shape optima for gliding scallops (Bivalvia: Pectinidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 30, 9, 1-12.
10.1111/jeb.13137
2017 Dickson, B. V., Sherratt, E., Losos, J. B. & Pierce, S. E. (2017). Semicircular canals in Anolis lizards: ecomorphological convergence and ecomorph affinities of fossil species. Royal Society Open Science, 4, 170058-170058.
10.1098/rsos.170058
2017 Garland, K., Marcy, A., Sherratt, E. & Weisbecker, V. (2017). Out on a limb: bandicoot limb co-variation suggests complex impacts of development and adaptation on marsupial forelimb evolution. Evolution and Development, 19, 2, 69-84.
10.1111/ede.12220
2017 Esquerré, D., Sherratt, E. & Keogh, J. S. (2017). Evolution of extreme ontogenetic allometric diversity and heterochrony in pythons. Evolution, -.
2017 Barak, M., Sherratt, E. & Lieberman, D. E. (2017). Using principle trabecular orientation to differentiate joint loading orientation in the 3rd metacarpal heads of humans and chimpanzees. Journal of Human Evolution, 113, 173-182.
10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.08.018
2016 Klaczko, J., Sherratt, E. & Setz, E. (2016). Are diet preferences associated to skulls shape diversification in xenodontine snakes?. A. Evans (Ed.). PLoS ONE, 11, 2, 1-12.
10.1371/journal.pone.0148375
2016 Marcy, A., Hadly, E., Sherratt, E., Garland, K. & Weisbecker, V. (2016). Getting a head in hard soils: Convergent skull evolution and divergent allometric patterns explain shape variation in a highly diverse genus of pocket gophers (Thomomys). BMC Evolutionary Biology, 16, 1, 1-16.
10.1186/s12862-016-0782-1
2016 Kraatz, B. & Sherratt, E. (2016). Evolutionary morphology of the rabbit skull. PeerJ, 2016, 9, 1-23.
10.7717/peerj.2453
2016 Sherratt, E., Alejandrino, A., Kraemer, A., Serb, J. & Adams, D. (2016). Trends in the sand: Directional evolution in the shell shape of recessing scallops (Bivalvia: Pectinidae). Evolution, 70, 9, 2061-2073.
10.1111/evo.12995
2015 Sherratt, E., Del Rosario Castañeda, M., Garwood, R., Mahler, D., Sanger, T., Herrel, A. ... Hillis, D. (2015). Amber fossils demonstrate deep-time stability of Caribbean lizard communities. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 112, 32, 9961-9966.
10.1073/pnas.1506516112
2015 Leamy, L., Klingenberg, C., Sherratt, E., Wolf, J. & Cheverud, J. (2015). The genetic architecture of fluctuating asymmetry of mandible size and shape in a population of mice: Another look. Symmetry, 7, 1, 146-163.
10.3390/sym7010146
2015 Hetherington, A., Sherratt, E., Ruta, M., Wilkinson, M., Deline, B. & Donoghue, P. (2015). Do cladistic and morphometric data capture common patterns of morphological disparity?. K. Angielczyk (Ed.). Palaeontology, 58, 3, 393-399.
10.1111/pala.12159
2015 Kraatz, B., Sherratt, E., Bumacod, N. & Wedel, M. (2015). Ecological correlates to cranial morphology in Leporids (Mammalia, Lagomorpha). PeerJ, 2015, 3, 1-20.
10.7717/peerj.844
2014 Del Rosario Castañeda, M., Sherratt, E. & Losos, J. (2014). The Mexican amber anole, Anolis electrum, within a phylogenetic context: Implications for the origins of Caribbean anoles. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 172, 1, 133-144.
10.1111/zoj.12159
2014 Wilkinson, M., Presswell, B., Sherratt, E., Papadopoulou, A. & Gower, D. (2014). A new species of striped Ichthyophis Fitzinger, 1826 (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Ichthyophiidae) from Myanmar. Zootaxa, 3785, 1, 45-58.
10.11646/zootaxa.3785.1.4
2014 Maddin, H. & Sherratt, E. (2014). Influence of fossoriality on inner ear morphology: Insights from caecilian amphibians. Journal of Anatomy, 225, 1, 83-93.
10.1111/joa.12190
2014 Tschopp, P., Sherratt, E., Sanger, T., Groner, A., Aspiras, A., Hu, J. ... Tabin, C. (2014). A relative shift in cloacal location repositions external genitalia in amniote evolution. Nature, 516, 7531, 391-394.
10.1038/nature13819
2014 Sherratt, E., Gower, D., Klingenberg, C. & Wilkinson, M. (2014). Evolution of Cranial Shape in Caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona). Evolutionary Biology, 41, 4, 528-545.
10.1007/s11692-014-9287-2
2013 Wilkinson, M., Sherratt, E., Starace, F. & Gower, D. (2013). A new species of skin-feeding caecilian and the first report of reproductive mode in Microcaecilia (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Siphonopidae). C. Navas (Ed.). PLoS ONE, 8, 3, e57756-1-e57756-11.
10.1371/journal.pone.0057756
2013 Sanger, T., Sherratt, E., Mcglothlin, J., Brodie, E., Losos, J. & Abzhanov, A. (2013). Convergent Evolution Of Sexual Dimorphism In Skull Shape Using Distinct Developmental Strategies. Evolution, 67, 8, 2180-2193.
10.1111/evo.12100
2012 Sherratt, E. (2012). They've Kept On Keeping On. Science, 338, 6103, 46-46.
10.1126/science.1228913
2012 Kamei, R., San Mauro, D., Gower, D., Van Bocxlaer, I., Sherratt, E., Thomas, A. ... Biju, S. (2012). Discovery of a new family of amphibians from northeast India with ancient links to Africa. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 279, 1737, 2396-2401.
10.1098/rspb.2012.0150
2011 Wilkinson, M., Mauro, D., Sherratt, E. & Gower, D. (2011). A nine-family classification of caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona). Zootaxa, 2874, 41-64.
2010 Gower, D., Wilkinson, M., Sherratt, E. & Kok, P. (2010). A new species of Rhinatrema Duméril & Bibron (Amphibia: Gymnophiona: Rhinatrematidae) from Guyana. Zootaxa, 2391, 47-60.
2008 Leamy, L., Klingenberg, C., Sherratt, E., Wolf, J. & Cheverud, J. (2008). A search for quantitative trait loci exhibiting imprinting effects on mouse mandible size and shape. Heredity, 101, 6, 518-526.
10.1038/hdy.2008.79
2007 Poynton, J., Loader, S., Sherratt, E. & Clarke, B. (2007). Amphibian diversity in East African biodiversity hotspots: Altitudinal and latitudinal patterns. Biodiversity and Conservation, 16, 4, 1103-1118.
10.1007/s10531-006-9074-1
Attard, M. R., Medina, I., Langmore, N. E. & Sherratt, E. (). Egg shape mimicry in parasitic cuckoos. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, -.
10.1111/jeb.13176

Software

Year Citation
2017 Adams, D. C., Collyer, M., Kaliontzopoulou, A. & Sherratt, E.; (2017); geomorph: Software for geometric morphometric analyses;

2017 ECR International Conference Travel Scheme, The University of Adelaide, SA AUS - Travel grant (AU$2,000) to attend Evolution, Portland OR USA            

2017 ECR Fellowship, DVC Fellowship scheme, The University of Adelaide, SA AUS - Stipend and research funds (AU$10,000)

2012 Postdoctoral Award for Professional Development, Harvard University, MA USA - Travel grant (US$1,000) to attend World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver Canada           

2007 Ph.D. studentship, National Environmental Research Council (NERC) industrial collaborative awards in science and engineering (CASE) studentship, UK   (Stipend and research funds)

Unit coordinator and instructor

University of New England, NSW AUS. Undergraduate student course

   Principles in Zoology (ZOOL 100)  (12 week course; 1-week intensive school, plus 9 labs and 23 lectures; 52 Students -27 on campus, 25 off campus) 2014-2015

 

Primary instructor

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Dallas TX USA. Graduate student and above workshop

   Short course in Geometric Morphometrics (1 day, 35 participants)  2015

Australian National University, ACT AUS. Graduate student and above course

   Short course in Geometric Morphometrics (1 day, 12 participants)  2015

University of Adelaide, SA AUS. Graduate student and above course

   Short course in Geometric Morphometrics (1 day, 36 participants)   2015

University of Queensland, QLD AUS. Graduate student and above course

   Short course in Geometric Morphometrics (1 day, 13 participants)  2014

University of New England, NSW AUS. Graduate student and above course

   Short course in Geometric Morphometrics (2 days, 21 participants)   2014

The Natural History Museum, London, University of Manchester, and Harvard University

   Training in micro-Computed Tomography Scanning and Processing Software (1 day each, 11 participants overall)  2009-2013

The Natural History Museum, London. Graduate student and above course

   Micro-CT Processing and Software Workshop (1 day, 5 participants)   2010

   Endnote Tricks and Tips Workshops (1 day each, 8 participants overall)  2009

Co-instructor

University of Iowa, IA USA. Graduate & above course

   Short course in Geometric Morphometrics, (assisting Prof. D.C. Adams) (1 day, 11 participants)   2013

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. Graduate & above course

   Geometric Morphometrics & Phylogeny (assisting Prof. C.P. Klingenberg) (1 week, 25 participants) 2010

Guest lectures

Australian National University, ACT AUS

   Lecture and lab for Australian Vertebrates course (BIOL 2111)  2016

   Lecture for 3D visualisations for Cyberculture course (ARTV 2018)  2016

University of New England, NSW AUS. Undergraduate student course

   Lecture for Evolution and Biogeography (EVOL211/411) 2015

Iowa State University, IA USA

   Two lectures for Vertebrate Biology course (BIOL 365)  2013

Harvard University, MA USA

   Lecture and lab on caecilians for Herpetology course (OEB 167)  2012

Teaching assistant

University of Manchester, UK. Undergraduate student courses

   Anatomy Student Research Skills (lab-based, 1 semester)  2010, 2011

   Data handling skills (lab- and computer-based, 1 semester)   2011

   Analysis of Organismal Form (in person & online, 1 semester)  2009, 2010

   Tropical Biology Field course, Ecuador (3 weeks)  2009

   Behaviour & Ecology Field course, France (2 weeks)  2007

   Marine Biology Field course, Scotland (1 week)  2007

Number of HDR students to completion = 2 Masters students

Current

Rex Mitchell, Ph.D. Candidate, University of New England, AUS 2015 Co-supervised with Dr. Steve Wroe, U New England

Theodora Luk, Ph.D. Candidate, University of New England, AUS 2015 Co-supervised with Dr. Steve Wroe, U New England

Past

Kathleen Garland, BSc. Honours Student, University of Queensland, AUS 2015 Co-supervised with Dr. Vera Weisbecker, U Queensland

Ariel Marcy, BSc. Honours Student, University of Queensland, AUS 2015  Co-supervised with Dr. Vera Weisbecker, U Queensland

Bonnie Mayes, B.Sc. Student, ‘Balancing the Equation’ Mentoring Scheme, UNE, AUS 2015

Kelsey Cain, B.Sc. Student, Iowa State University, IA USA 2013

Simon Le Bouhl, Visiting Masters Student, Harvard University, MA USA 2012 Co-supervised with Dr. Jonathan Losos, Harvard U, MA USA

Jasmine Casart, B.Sc. Student, Harvard University, MA USA 2012

George Bruce, B.Sc. Student, University of Manchester, UK 2010 Co-supervised with Dr. Chris Klingenberg, U Manchester, UK

Martin Hughes, Masters Student, The Natural History Museum, London, UK 2009  Co-supervised with Dr. Mark Wilkinson, NHM London UK

Position
Postdoctoral Fellow
Phone
83133946
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Darling Building
Room Number
2 12
Org Unit
Genetics & Evolution

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