Royal Society Shooter International Fellow
I am interested in the evolution and development of the vertebrate body plan. I focus on cartilaginous fishes (sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras), using a combination of developmental biology, comparative anatomy, and paleontology to explore patterns of segmentation and independent evolution in the axial skeletons of jawed vertebrates.
Criswell KE, MI Coates, and JA Gillis. 2017. Embryonic development of the axial column in the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea. Journal of Morphology 278:300-320.
Coates MI, RW Gess, JA Finarelli, KE Criswell, and K Tietjen. 2017. A symmoriiform chondrichthyan braincase and the origin of chimaeroid fishes. Nature 541:208-211.
Stocker MR, SJ Nesbitt, KE Criswell, WG Parker, LM Witmer, TB Rowe, R Ridgely, and MA Brown. 2016. A dome-headed stem-archosaur exemplifies convergence among dinosaurs and their distant relatives. Current Biology 26:2674-2680.
Criswell KE 2015. The comparative osteology and phylogenetic relationships of African and South American lungfishes. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 174:801-858.
Molineux A, L Zachos, KE Criswell, and T Risien. 2012. GIS, the key to collections management of a large research archive. Collection Forum 26:60-69.
Downs JP, KE Criswell, and EB Daeschler. 2011. Mass mortality of juvenile placoderms (Bothriolepis sp.) from the Catskill Formation (Upper Devonian, Famennian Stage), Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 161:191-203.