Hello and welcome. My name is Matt Girard, and I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Fishes at the National Museum of Natural History. I am an ichthyologist, or fish fanatic, who enjoys asking questions about the anatomy, evolution, and natural history of fishes. My research specifically focuses on the systematics of perch-like fishes, how both phenotypic and genotypic features can inform our understanding of evolutionary history, and the patterns and processess of broad-scale evolutionary changes. Please explore my publications and feel free to contact me for more information.
I also have a passion for teaching and have been lucky enough to play a role in the education of thousands of students, primarily at the University of Kansas. From introductory-level biology courses, to advanced courses on systematics and the history and diversity of life, I truly enjoy engaging with students and inviting them to expand their knowledge and understanding of life. Take a look at my teaching section for more information.
I am a proud member of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH) and currently serve as the Illustration Editor for Ichthyology & Herpetology. ASIH is a fantastic organization of folks interested in the study of fishes, amphibians, and reptiles with annual events and opportunities to learn more about these incredible creatures.
I also enjoy photography and using different imaging techniques to showcase the morphological features and the fishes that I am working with. Feel free to check out some of my recent photos below.
Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology with Honors, 2021
University of Kansas
B.S. in Biology with Ecology Emphasis, 2014
Loyola University Chicago