Welcome to my website! I am a NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and Gerstner Scholar at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and the University of Washington. My research examines the processes that contribute to the phenotypic variation found across macroevolutionary time scales as well as between individuals of a population.

I finished my PhD in the Mehta Lab at UC Santa Cruz investigating phenotypic variation in musteloids and tool using behavior in sea otters. I was also the graduate mentor for the Small Mammal Undergraduate Research in the Forest (SMURF) program to train undergraduates in field methods with small mammals. I previously studied burrowing anatomy, behavior, and evolution in polychaete worms with Dr. Greg Rouse and Dr. Kelly Dorgan at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego where I also received my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems.

I strive to create a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and just environment where you can conduct science and develop your scientific identities. If you are interested in working with me in functional morphology and evolution, feel free to contact me with your research interests/ideas!

The land on which I work is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, which also touches the shared waters of all tribes and bands within the Duwamish, Puyallup, Suquamish, Tulalip and Muckleshoot nations.

Website last updated 10/15/2021.


Department of Mammalogy & Division of Paleontology
American Museum of Natural History

Department of Biology
University of Washington
Burke Museum
Seattle, WA

Contact Info

Email: cjlaw@ucsc.edu      

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