- Ph.D., The University of Chicago
- B.S., Purdue University
- Evolutionary and functional morphology of vertebrates, especially reptiles
- Convergence in morphology and function
- Biomechanics and modeling of vertebrate functional systems
- Vertebrate Anatomy
- Organismal Biology
- Functional morphology
Stayton, C.T. 2009. Application of thin-plate spline transformations to finite element models, or, how to turn a bog turtle into a spotted turtle to analyze both. Evolution 63:1348-1355.
Stayton, C.T. 2011. Biomechanics on the half shell: functional performance influences patterns of morphological variation in the emydid turtle carapace. Zoology 114:213-223.
*Vega, C. and C.T. Stayton. 2011. Dimorphism in shell shape and strength in two species of emydid turtle. Herpetologica 67:397-405.
*Fish, J.F. and C.T. Stayton. 2013. Morphological and mechanical changes in juvenile red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) shells during ontogeny. Journal of Morphology 275:391-397.
Stayton, C.T. 2015. The definition, recognition, and interpretation of convergent evolution, and two new measures for quantifying and assessing the significance of convergence. Evolution 69:2140-2153.