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.
|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|
|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|
|French||Can read, write, speak and understand spoken|
|German||Can read, write, speak and understand spoken|
|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|
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2016||Kraatz, B. & Sherratt, E. (2016). Evolutionary morphology of the rabbit skull. PeerJ, 2016, 9, 1-23.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2015||Kraatz, B., Sherratt, E., Bumacod, N. & Wedel, M. (2015). Ecological correlates to cranial morphology in Leporids (Mammalia, Lagomorpha). PeerJ, 2015, 3, 1-20.
|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.
|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.
|2014||Maddin, H. & Sherratt, E. (2014). Influence of fossoriality on inner ear morphology: Insights from caecilian amphibians. Journal of Anatomy, 225, 1, 83-93.
|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.
|2014||Sherratt, E., Gower, D., Klingenberg, C. & Wilkinson, M. (2014). Evolution of Cranial Shape in Caecilians (Amphibia: Gymnophiona). Evolutionary Biology, 41, 4, 528-545.
|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.
|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.
|2012||Sherratt, E. (2012). They've Kept On Keeping On. Science, 338, 6103, 46-46.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Attard, M. R., Medina, I., Langmore, N. E. & Sherratt, E. (). Egg shape mimicry in parasitic cuckoos. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, -.
|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
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
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
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
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
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
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