Edward Burress

Edward D. Burress


Assistant Professor
Communications Committee Chair


  • Postdoctoral Research, Yale University, 2022
  • Postdoctoral Research, University of California, Davis, 2020
  • PhD, Biology, Auburn University, 2017
  • MS, Biology, Appalachian State University, 2012
  • BS, Biology, Lees McRae College, 2009

Research Interests

  • Functional morphology
  • Macroevolution
  • Feeding ecology
  • Phylogenetics and systematics of fishes

Selected Publications

  • Burress, E.D. & M.M. Muñoz. 2022. Functional trade-offs asymmetrically promote phenotypic evolution. Systematic Biology, syac058, https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syac058.
  • Corn, K.A., S.T. Friedman, E.D. Burress, and P.C. Wainwright. 2022. The rise of biting during the Cenozoic fueled reef fish body shape diversification. PNAS, 119, e2119828119.
  • Ghezelayagh, A., R.C. Harrington, E.D. Burress et al. (20 authors). 2022. Prolonged morphological expansion of spiny-rayed fishes following the end-Cretaceous. Nature Ecology and Evolution, 6, 1211-1220.
  • Burress, E.D., L. Piálek, J.R. Casciotta, A. Almirón, and O. Říčan. 2022. Rapid parallel morphological and mechanical diversification of South American pike cichlids (Crenicichla). Systematic Biology, syac018, https://doi.org/10.1093/sysbio/syac018.
  • Burress, E.B. & M.M. Muñoz. 2021. Ecological opportunity from innovation, not islands, drove the anole lizard adaptive radiation. Systematic Biology, 71, 93-104.
  • Burress, E.D. & M. M. Muñoz. 2021. Ecological limits on the decoupling of prey capture and processing in fishes. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 61, 773-782.
  • Corn, K.A., C.M. Martinez, E.D. Burress, & P.C. Wainwright. 2020. A multifunction trade-off has contrasting effects on the evolution of form and function. Systematic Biology, 70, 681-693.
  • Burress, E.D., C.M. Martinez, & P.C. Wainwright. 2020. Decoupled jaws promote trophic diversity in cichlid fishes. Evolution, 74, 950-961.