After working in the Alfaro lab as an undergraduate while attending UCLA I found I was very interested in research so I decided to pursue graduate school. My primary interests are functional morphology, phylogenetics and bioinformatics. I am also generally interested in a group of Tetraodontiformes, the boxfishes. Boxfishes' conspicuous armoring appears to have convexities and concavities that stabilize the boxfish by creating force inducing vortices (Bartol et al. 2002; 2003; 2005; 2008). I am interested in documenting the wide variety of boxfish shapes and understanding how particular shapes--and genera--function in relation protection from biting forces and hydrodynamic stability.