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Student on the road for research

Mike Taylor, a senior in biology from Pataskala, Ohio, spent spring break at the university of Michigan Museum of Zoology doing research for an independent study project.

His project involves using 3D laser scanning to scan the skulls of the major families of the Order Carnivora. He will then assign landmarks to the 3D scans and run a phylogenetic analysis based on that data, comparing it to known carnivore phylogeny to assess the robusticity of the methods for inferring evolutionary relationships.

While at the University of Michigan, his was featured on their website and interviewed by the museum director, Diarmaid O'Foighil, about his work.

His ONU advisors for the project are Robert MaAfee, assistant professor of human anatomy and Stephen Kolomyjec, visiting professor of cell and molecular biology.