The Carney 3D Lab • Digital Dinosaurs & Diseases

Dept. of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida


Digital Dinosaurs

Our research is sponsored by software donations from:

prototypes for surveillance and control

of mosquito-borne diseases


Lab members:

  • Carney Lab receives NSF grant to develop technologies for fighting mosquito-borne diseases 

$900,000. PI Ryan Carney; Co-PIs Sriram Chellappan, Anne Bowser, Russanne Low

Interested graduate students and postdocs can contact

  • Carney Lab receives USF grant to develop spatial-temporal prediction models for COVID

$25,000. PI Ming Ji; Co-PIs Ryan Carney, Ran Tao; Co-Is Russell Kirby, Joey Lin

Phil Morris, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher, Digital Paleontology

Co-advised by Dr. Jen Bright, Geosciences


Dr. Phil Morris has a diverse background including archaeology, vertebrate anatomy, functional morphology and biomechanics, and enjoys exploring all aspects of the functions and evolution of skeletal anatomy. This has taken him from the bioanthropological examination of bones from Viking burials to the virtual analysis of rodent jaws. He settled into a firm fascination in biomechanics and functional morphology of the jaws and masticatory apparatus whilst studying for his PhD at the Hull York Medical School, United Kingdom. After successfully completing his doctorate, he moved to the University of South Florida to undertake a postdoctoral research project on the anatomy and biomechanics of cranial kinesis and jaw apparatus in extant and fossil birds.


Phil’s research is primarily concerned with the skulls of birds and mammals and how they are shaped by evolution and function. He’s particularly interested in how the demands of behaviours making use of the masticatory apparatus and jaws, in both feeding and specific interactions with the environment, influence the morphology of the skull. In the past Phil has made use of a range of methods related to biomechanics and functional morphology, such as geometrics morphometrics and finite element analysis, and is particularly interested in the use of virtual models of anatomical structures to explore the anatomy of extant and extinct vertebrates. He is particularly fond of research involving rodents and species which share their distinctive masticatory apparatus, as well as many other members of the Euarchontoglires, but has recently begun to explore the anatomy and evolution of the skulls of modern birds and their extinct relatives.

Alex Kirk  CV

Ph.D. Student, Integrative Biology - Physiology and Morphology


TA: Digital Dinosaurs, Principles of Biology for Non-Majors, Biological Diversity II


I joined the Carney Lab in Fall 2017 after graduating here at USF with a B.S. in Environmental Biology. I am using novel techniques to digitally reconstruct the skeletal anatomy of Archaeopteryx, and using this 3D data to investigate various properties of the pedal morphology. 

Ahmed Abd-Elrahman  CV

B.S. Student, Computer Science


Ahmed Abd-Elrahman is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science who joined the Carney Lab in the Fall of 2018. Ahmed has contributed to various research projects in the department of Computer Science and Engineering throughout his undergraduate years. Ahmed is interested in a wide variety of topics, including the integration of machine learning and augmented reality into various applications. He is currently working on producing a multi-functional mobile application that would serve to help general citizens along with county officials identify breeding habitats of disease-carrying mosquito species.

Alec Baines  CV

B.S. Student, Integrative Biology, Geosciences


Alec Baines is an undergraduate student researcher whose main research interests include vertebrate paleontology, brain evolution in archosaurs, and digital visualization. Alec has worked on various research projects at USF ranging from stable isotope geochemistry to digitally reconstructing highly damaged fossils. He has participated in the Paleontological Society Student Ambassador Program and The Geological Society of America’s On to the Future Program. He currently works on research projects focusing on utilizing digital visualization to study morphology of avian and non-avian dinosaurs and to create digital models of fossils for further analysis and digital preservation.

Connor Mapes

B.S. Student, Honors College / Microbiology, GIS minor


Connor is an undergraduate student studying microbiology and GIS. He is interested mainly in how human actions on both an individual and societal level affect the spread of disease, and how using maps can demonstrate potentially unseen connections between the two.

Mary Williams  CV

B.S. Student, Honors College / Engineering


Mary Elizabeth Williams is studying Corporate Finance and Cell & Molecular Biology. In her free time, Mary volunteers at the PARC organization, attends student organization meetings, goes to local sporting events, and explores her new home of Tampa. She was drawn to being a part of the team creating an augmented reality app to reduce transmission of mosquito-borne diseases, because she is passionate about advising society about zoonotic diseases and improving the United States’ public health structure. She believes that analyzing other countries’ information dissemination systems during past epidemics will lead the United States to a better system, thus allowing more crucial information to reach the public in a more timely manner. Mary wants to continue to study the failures of the United States’ information dissemination systems during times of public health crises with hopes of convincing policymakers and the general public to switch their thinking from reactive responses to precautionary ones. After she graduates, Mary plans to pursue a Ph.D or an M.D., with hopes of eventually managing hospitals and working to fix the relationship between upper level management and their hospital staff.

Lab alumni: Jim Mirzakhalov, Toni Panaou