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Katherine Corn

Katherine Corn

Field of Study: Macroevolution & Functional Morphology
Title: Assistant Professor & Director of the Conner Museum of Vertebrates
Degrees: Ph.D.,  Population Biology, University of California, Davis
Homepage: Homepage/Lab Web Site Link
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Eastlick 392

Phone: 509-335-6997
Fax: nan
Mailing Address: School of Biological Sciences
Washington State University
PO Box 644236
Pullman,WA 99164-4236


My work explores how the evolution of form and function contributes to the accumulation and maintenance of biodiversity. I integrate biomechanical studies of live animals and big datasets from museum specimens with phylogenetic comparative models of evolution across multi-million-year scales. I am particularly interested in the processes that produce the spectacular diversity of fishes.

Representative Publications:

  • Martinez, C.M.*, Corn, K.A.*, S. Williamson, D.R. Satterfield, A.S. Roberts-Hugghis, A.J. Barley, S.R. Borstein, M.D. McGee, P.C. Wainwright. Replaying the tape of functional evolution across cichlid adaptive radiations. ‘in press’ at The American Naturalist. *authors contributed equally to this manuscript
    Corn, K.A., S.T. Friedman, E.D. Burress, C.M. Martinez, O. Larouche, S.A. Price, P.C. Wainwright. 2022. The rise of biting during the Cenozoic fueled reef fish body shape diversification. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119 (31) e2119828119.
    Corn, K.A., C.M. Martinez, E.D. Burress, P.C. Wainwright. 2021. A multifunction trade-off has contrasting effects on the evolution of form and function. Systematic Biology, 70(4), 681-693.
    Corn, K.A., S.C. Farina, A.P. Summers, A.C. Gibb. 2018. Effects of organism and substrate size on burial mechanics of English sole, Parophrys vetulus. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221(18): jeb176131.
    Corn, K.A., S.C. Farina, J. Brash, A.P. Summers. 2016. Modeling tooth-prey interactions in sharks – the importance of dynamic testing. Royal Society Open Science 3: 160141.