Kelly Diamond received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and a masters and PhD from Clemson University. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Seattle Children's Research Institute before joining Rhodes College. Kelly uses math, physics, and machine learning to study how an animal's shape influences how that animal does all the things it needs to do to survive. Some of her current research includes using quantitative anatomy of CRISPR modified zebrafish to study how different genes influence the skeletomuscular system. Another ongoing project examines how horned lizard's shape and locomotion change as they grow. When off campus, she is most likely playing outside with her partner and dog, or doing some kind of outreach, such as answering questions on her Ask an Animal Scientist website.
For more information about Kelly's research, see the Shape and Scales Lab webpage.
*Undergraduate coauthor, ‡ International Collaborator
Diamond KM, Good CJ*, Johnny N, Sakihara TS, Edmison PL, Faust JA, Schoenfuss TA, Rubin AM*, Blob RW Schoenfuss HL. 2022. Assessing Occurrence and Biological Consequences of Contaminants of Emerging Concern on Oceanic Islands. Water. 14(3):275.
Diamond KM, Rolfe SM, Kwon RY, Maga AM. Computational anatomy and geometric shape analysis enables analysis of complex craniofacial phenotypes in zebrafish mutants. 2022. Biology Open. 11 (2): bio058948.
Elhamod M, Diamond KM, Maga AM, Bakis Y, Bart HL, Mabee P, Dahdul W, Leipzig J, Greenberg J, Avants B, Karpatne A. 2021. Hierarchy-guided neural networks for species classification. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 00: 1-11.
Rolfe S, Pieper S, Porto A, Diamond KM, Winchester J, Shan S, Kirveslahti H, Doug Boyer D, Summers A, Maga AM. 2021. SlicerMorph: An open and extensible platform to retrieve, visualize and analyze 3D morphology. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 00: 1-10.
Diamond KM, Lagarde R‡, Griner JG*, Powder KE, Schoenfuss HL, Walker JA, Ponton D‡, Blob RW. 2021. Interactions among multiple selective pressures decouple the form-function relationship in stream fishes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.134(3): 557–567
Forker GK*, Schoenfuss HL, Blob RW, Diamond KM. 2021. Bendy to the bone: links between vertebral morphology and waterfall climbing in amphidromous gobioid fishes. Journal of Anatomy. 00:1–8.
Schneider NG*, McDamy AJ*, Rubin AM*, Schoenfuss HL, Blob RW, Diamond KM. 2021. Do predators take advantage of prey blind spots? In-stream analysis of predator-prey interactions in Hawaiian stream fishes. Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters. 30(4): 289-297.
Diamond KM, Lagarde R‡, Schoenfuss HL, Walker JA, Ponton D‡, Blob RW. 2019. Ontogenetic change in escape behavior and performance of fishes experiencing different predator regimes. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 127: 324-336.
Blob RW, Lagarde R‡, Diamond KM, Keeffe RM*, Bertram RS, Ponton D‡, Schoenfuss HL. 2019. Functional diversity of evolutionary innovations: insights from waterfall-climbing kinematics and performance of juvenile gobiid fishes. Integrative Organismal Biology. Obz029.