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Dr. Mercedes Burns

Dr. Mercedes Burns is an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. After receiving her Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014, Dr. Burns was awarded a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biology, which she completed at San Diego State University. Dr. Burns researches the evolutionary bases of biodiversity, with particular respect to reproductive traits and behaviors, especially in the non-spider arachnids. Dr. Burns is a member of the Society for the Study of Evolution, American Arachnological Society, and Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology and has published widely on the phylogenetics, population genetics, and functional morphology of eastern North American and Japanese harvestmen or “daddy-longlegs.” Dr. Burns is an advocate for diverse participation in ecology and evolutionary biology, and has participated in outreach via the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Leadership Alliance, and San Diego Natural History Club, among other organizations.