Staff Biographies


Philip A. Hastings, Curator of Marine Vertebrates

Professor of Marine Biology


Research Interests:

  • Systematics & evolution of fishes
  • Biogeography
  • Evolution of behavior
  • Marine conservation
  • Behavioral ecology of fishes




Ben Frable, Collection Manager



Research Interests:

  • Systematics and taxonomy
  • Species delineation
  • Macroevolution
  • Molecular phylogenetics
  • Historical biogeography​

My research interests are broad and encompass many aspects of fish evolution. I am most interested in species-level relationships, phylogenetics, systematics and biogeography. What are the boundaries between species? How long have lineages been separated and why? How have groups diversified taxonomically and morphologically over geological timescales?

I am not taxon specific and work/have worked on: lizardfishes, rockfishes, groupers, wrasses, and headstanding characins (superfamily Anostomoidea).




Zachary Skelton, Masters Student


Jimjohn Milan, Masters Student


Ashley Nicoll, Masters Student