Evolution and Development of the Vertebrate Skeleton

Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology

University of Florida

BP.O. Box 103610

2033 Mowry Rd

Gainesville, FL 32610


This is the research homepage for Dr. Thom Sanger. I am broadly interested in the mechanisms underlying the evolution of vertebrate morphology and patterns of diversity.  More specifically, I am interested in examining the evolution of development within morphologically diverse clades to better understand the cellular and molecular changes associated with adaptation.

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Current Events

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Summer 2013: Anolis evo-devo has relocated!

I have recently moved to the Cohn lab at the University of Florida. I will be developing a project focused on the evolution and development of dermal appendages - adhesive toe pads and volar pads. With the powerful addition of mouse genetics and chicken experimental embryology added to my experimental toolkit developing Anolis lizards as a developmental model should progress more rapidly. Stay tuned for more details!

April 2014: New paper is Proceedings of the Royal Society B

I have a new article available online at Proceedings of the Royal Society B  that explores the molecular regulation of sexual dimorphism in Anolis lizards. Rather than testosterone, my analyses show that the evolution of an extreme male-specific trait is correlated with changes in the estrogen pathway.