Functional morphology in teleost fishes with special focus on structure-function relationships between otolith shape and curvature (all three otolith types), inner ear structures (e.g., sensory epithelia), accessory auditory structures, and hearing abilities.
Effects of adaptations to divergent environmental conditions (i.e., ecologically-based selection) on otolith structures and if hearing specializations are traceable in otolith morphology.
Effects of extreme ecological conditions—such as presence of toxic hydrogen sulphide and hypoxia—lead to different textures (crystallographic orientations within otoliths) and calcium carbonate polymorphs.
For my studies, I apply multiple methodological approaches such as different microscopic techniques (SEM, CLSM), immunohistochemistry, and 3D reconstructions based on microCT and histological serial sections.
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