Gavin Naylor

Program Director, Florida Program for Shark Research

Address: Florida Museum of Natural History
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Ph.D., 1989, University of Maryland
B.Sc., 1982, Durham University, England

Research Interests

  • Molecular systematics
  • Molecular evolution
  • Molecular functional morphology (structural biology)
  • Genetic control of morphological development
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Paleontology
  • Phylogenetic inference
  • Morphometrics
  • Bioinformatics

Current and planned research projects

  • Historical demography of endangered sawfish species around the world from DNA sequence data
  • Colonization of the Indian and Pacific Oceans by Black Tip Reef Sharks
  • Understanding the history of shark and ray population expansion and contraction from meta-population data
  • Inferring long term patterns of White shark movements around the world
  • Thorny Skate Population structure and Historical Demography
  • Turing patterns in freshwater stingrays of the genus Potamotrygon
  • Karotype Evolution
  • Sex Determination
  • Epigenetic regulation
  • Speciation in Epaulette sharks
  • Comparative anatomy across the Chondrichtyan Tree of Life


  • Corrigan, S., P. Maisano Delser, C. Eddy, C. Duffy, L. Yang, C. Li, A.L. Bazinet, S. Mona,  G.J.P. Naylor. 2017. Historical introgresision drives pervasive mitochondrial admixture between two species of pelagic sharks. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 110: 122-126. 
  • White W.T., S. Corrigan, L. Yang, A.C. Henderson, A.L. Bazinet, D. Swofford, and G.J.P. Naylor. 2017. Phylogeny of the manta and devil rays (Chondrichthyes: Mobulidae), with an updated taxonomic arrangement for the family. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 182:50-75.