Ryan Lab Research

Our lab is interested in the evolution of biodiversity. We integrate genomics and phylogenetics with a wide array of other fields, including physiology, developmental biology, systematics, behavior, ecology, and neurobiology. We work on a wide range of invertebrates (mostly marine) including ctenophores, cnidarians, sea cucumbers, sponges, placozoans, tunicates, flat worms, sea urchins, brittle stars, sea stars, bryozoans, annelids, phoronids, and horseshoe crabs.

Our lab is highly collaborative; we work with fantastic researchers from all over the world. We collaborate with biologists whose primary expertise is distinct from our own (e.g., taxonomists, developmental biologists, ecologists, cell biologists, physiologists) but share a passion for understanding evolutionary processes. This arrangement allows us to approach a problem with a wide range of perspectives and skillsets while leveraging a connecting priciple (evolution) to synthesize collaborative findings. It's also fun and we learn a lot from our collaborators!