My previous research focused on convergent evolution in morphology associated with transitions to selective zooplanktivory in butterflyfishes in the lab of Dr. Peter Wainwright.
Now, I focus on statistical phylogenetics. My most recent project has developed a better way of estimating marginal likelihood, which is used to compare competing Bayesian models.


Teaching: BIOL1108 lab instructor, fall 2021, spring 2022, fall 2022 semesters

Outreach: Here are links to lessons I have designed for students in the local community. Lessons are designed to introduce children to concepts in phylogenetics and systematics. Each link contains a zip file with worksheets printed out for students and/or powerpoint presentations given. Each zip folder also contains a "README" document with instructions for carrying out the lesson.
phylogenetics for kids
seabird evolution
shell identification


Email: Feel free to contact me at

Address: Analisa Milkey
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT 06269-3043