Chi-Yun received his BA and MS from National Taiwan University and his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His PhD research investigated the cost-benefit dynamics of autotomy (the voluntary shedding of appendages) in lizards. His main interest lies in understanding how ecology drives adaptive trait variation. At the interface of ecology and evolution, he is also interested in the role of whole-organism performance in determining fitness. Chi-Yun’s research has incorporated controlled lab experiments, field work and theoretical modeling. In the Patek Lab, he will integrate ecology, life-history and biomechanics to study power-amplified, ultra-fast movements in animals. You can check out his website here: https://www.chiyunkuo.com.