Joseph Kronick



  • Systematics
  • Ichthyology
  • Evolution
  • Historical Biogeography
  • Fish


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.


2013 Rainmaker, Emerging Scholar LSU

012 Young Alumni Award, McGill University



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

Amount: $519,944

Student Assistants

Valerie Derouen,
Master's of Natural Science, 2012

Bill Ludt,
PhD, 2012

Caleb McMahan,


New to nature no 111: Typhleotris mararybe
The Guardian (2013-08-03)

Opportunity Knocks: But Which Door Should You Open?
Science (2013-03-08)


McMahan, C., Chakrabarty, P., Smith, W.L.M., Sparks, J.S., Davis, M.P. (2013) Temporal Patterns of Diversification across Global Cichlid Biodiversity (Acanthomorpha: Cichlidae) In: PLoS One