Research in the Cartwright lab focuses on the study of medusozoan diversity. Medusozoans are a clade of cnidarians that are estimated to comprise nearly 4,000 species, which include hydrozoans (Hydra, hydromedusae and hydroids), scyphozoans (true jellyfish), cubozoans (box jellies) and staurozoans (stalked jellies). Medusozoans are relatively simple in terms of their component parts, yet they display a remarkable variety of forms and life cycles. The tremendous diversity has been appreciated for centuries, yet many questions remain unanswered with regard to their evolutionary history. Utilizing a variety of different techniques and analytical approaches we are investigating the patterns and processes underlying medusozoan evolution.


The Cartwright Lab
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
1200 Sunnyside Haworth Hall
The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS 66045

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