Crab body plan evolution supported by NSF

June 7, 2019
The National Science Foundation just announced that the Collaborative Research Grant entitled "Convergent evolution and diversification of the crab body plan over 200 million years" is officially funded! This research will use an interdisciplinary approach to understand the significance of carcinization (i.e. having a crab-like morphology) for the evolutionary success of Brachyurans (true crabs) and Anomurans (hermit crabs). The research involves a close collaboration between Jo Wolfe (Harvard, OEB), Heather Brackem-Grissom (Florida International University) and Javier Luque (Yale).