My PhD research focuses on the evolutionary and ecological significance of variation in amphibian skin anatomy. Amphibians are the most endangered group of terrestrial vertebrates, and their semipermeable skin is often implicated in their differential threat status. However, very little is known about this structure, despite over 150 years of research. My research specifically seeks to address the current state of our knowledge about amphibian skin anatomy and how factors such as body size, sex, seasonality, and habitat preference affect anatomical (and likely physiological) function of this important structure. I am also interested in the function, evolution, and development of fused vertebrae with a focus on cervical vertebral fusion (syncervicals).
Suzuki, D., K. Chiba, C. S. VanBuren, T. Ohashi. 2014. The appendicular anatomy of the Elegant Crested Tinamou (Eudromia elegans). Bulletin of the Kitakyushu Museum of Natural History and Human History Series A, Natural History No. 12: 1–48.