Victoria Morgan

Victoria Morgan

Position Title
PhD Candidate

  • Department of Evolution and Ecology
  • Population Biology Graduate Group
UC Davis Main Campus
2320 Storer Hall, University of California, Davis, Davis CA 95616

Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers

I graduated from Cornell University in 2013 (B. Sc. in Biological Sciences), worked at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for two years, and am now a 6th year Ph.D. candidate in Population Biology at the University of California, Davis. I plan to graduate within the next year.

I am interested in reconstructing the mechanisms underlying major macroevolutionary life-history transitions, particularly the evolution of marine-to-terrestrial transitions. My research focuses on several iconic groups of crabs that have, to varying degrees, made the transition to land. I use classical approaches, as well as genomic and transcriptomic tools, to explore the molecular and genetic basis for their convergently evolved terrestrial adaptations, and the evolutionary contexts under which these physiological, physical, and behavioral traits have arisen.