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The primary focus of the Adams lab is to understand the evolution of phenotypic diversity. Much of our work is directed towards the evolution and ecology of salamanders, and what ecological and evolutionary forces are responsible for phenotypic diversification. We integrate computational, mathematical, statistical and quantitative morphological methods to examine ecological hypotheses from an evolutionary perspective. Much of our research examines how ecological forces and phenotypic adaptation impact the evolution of species interactions, evolutionary diversification, speciation, and community structure. We also develop new analytical tools for examining patterns of phenotypic variation and diversity.