I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Calgary in Dr. Amanda Melin's lab. My research in her lab focuses on the genotype-phenotype relationship associated with color vision variation and ocular diseases. Prior to Calgary, I received my PhD in biological anthropology from the University of Missouri and my MPhil in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes.
I am interested in the processes that drive mammalian adaptations and speciation, with a particular interest in the evolution of their coat color & patterns for species delineation & as adaptive mechanisms, and the evolution of novel phenotypes, such as trichromacy in primates or venom evolution in mammals. To do this I incorporate phenotypic and genotypic data to shed light on how mammals have evolved and adapted over time.
My research has resulted in the recognition of several species of slow lorises (Nycticebus), aided in the conservation of nocturnal primates (Tarsius and Nycticebus), and informed us of the potential adaptive mechanisms influencing coat color variation in a nocturnal primate family (Lorisidae).
Rachel A. Munds, PhD
Department of Anthropology & Archaeology
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada