Welcome to my website. I am M. Chaise Gilbert, a recent adjunct professor of biology at Murray State University.
The primary purpose of this website is to share what I do and what I love. Nature is beautifully complex and I have had the opportunity to witness and explore a tiny part of it. I am now striving to share it with as many people as I can as I become further acquainted with my field and my career.
Broadly, I am interested in the many diverse morphologies that have arisen among vertebrates (primarily fishes) and seek to better understand the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that have helped shaped them. Recently, my research has been focused on investigating differences in cranial morphology among isolated populations of Pecos pupfish (Cyprinodon pecosensis), a threatened species found in New Mexico and Texas, using geometric morphometrics. Currently, I am preparing to begin working towards my Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Dr. Craig Albertson’s lab (Fall 2017).
I have developed a passion for techniques that allow for the visualization of skeletal structures, namely diaphonization (clearing and staining). Not only are these techniques powerful for collecting anatomical data and information, but also in beautifully presenting anatomy as an art form. If you are interested in viewing or obtaining quality prints of diaphonized specimens, please see the “Biology as Art” tab in the main menu.