Clara Brandon

Postgrad Associate
Area of Interest: 
Evolution, phylogenetics, biodiversity conservation, data analysis

I graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Florida in 2018, and in 2021 I received an MSc with Distinction in Conservation, Ecology, and Evolution from Imperial College London. For my Master’s thesis, I used phylogenetic comparative methods to investigate the drivers of extinction risk in lemurs.  I also have experience working on research pertaining to plant-insect co-evolution and primate behavior and ecology. I am particularly interested in how global change impacts the distribution, diversity, and evolution of species.

Lab Specialty Group: 
Taxon Experts
Conservation Analytics
Selected Publications: 

Brandon, CJ, Sourakov, A. (2016). Evaluation of mechanical defense provided by pericarps of three different crotalaria species to their seeds against a specialist herbivore, Utetheisa ornatrix: A case for a possible host-herbivore evolutionary arms race. Trop. Lepid. Res., 26(2): 85-92.

Where You're From: 
United States of America
Cooking, soccer, reading, hiking, painting