Jimmy Butts


Jimmy Butts

Dir. University Writing Program

Address:
260-L Allen Hall

Email Address:
jbutts@lsu.edu

Office Phone:
225-578-3040

College:
Humanities & Social Sciences

Department:
English

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

 

 

 

Current Research

My current research interests stem from my desire to understand fundamental aspects of biological diversity. These fundamental aspects include the relationships of organisms and their morphological complexity. I study these aspects using phylogenetic systematics, geometric morphometrics and other tools. These tools allow us to understand broader themes such as historical biogeography, molecular evolution, conservation and the evolution of morphological diversity. As an ichthyologist my focus is on process oriented evolutionary biology in marine fishes and pattern oriented evolutionary biology in freshwater fishes. As a systematist I use molecular and morphological tools to help discover relationships among species and resolve taxonomy in order to better understand the evolutionary history of fishes.

Awards

2013 Rainmaker, Emerging Scholar LSU

012 Young Alumni Award, McGill University

Grants

NSF

Reconstructing Heroini (Teleostei:Cichlidae) – Of Heroes, Convicts, Angels and Red Devils.

Amount: $519,944