The Carney 3D Lab • Digital Dinosaurs & Diseases
Dept. of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida
Our research is sponsored by software donations from:
prototypes for surveillance and control
of mosquito-borne diseases:
Welcome to the Carney Lab! We use cutting-edge digital technologies to explore scientific questions that capture our fascination with dinosaurs from the ancient world, or that have practical application to diseases in the modern world:
Dinosaurs. Our research primarily focuses on the iconic Archaeopteryx and extant dinosaurs. Methodologies include 3D imaging, modeling, analysis, and animation -- along with a joint surface approach and scientific motion transfer -- to investigate functional morphology and the evolution of motions such as the avian flight stroke. We also work in the virtual reality and augmented reality space, translating our research into next-generation visualizations that bring dinosaurs "back to life" for outreach and pedagogy.
Diseases. Our epidemiology research primarily focuses on the surveillance and control of mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, and Zika. Through an NSF-funded global research collaboration with NASA, the CDC, and USF, we identify disease-spreading and invasive mosquitoes using artificial intelligence, along with citizen science data from three partner apps: iNaturalist, Mosquito Alert, and Mosquito Habitat Mapper. Our research also leverages geographic information systems, remote sensing, and spatial modeling techniques like the DYCAST early warning system, to model vector habitats, detect disease hot spots, and enable the strategic targeting of control efforts.
USF Dept of Integrative Biology awards Alex Kirk the Philip J. Motta Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
National Geographic Magazine features Archaeopteryx feather research in September 2021 issue
USF awards Prof. Carney the Outstanding Research Achievement Award
USF awards Prof. Carney the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award
for "excellence, innovation and effectiveness in teaching in our undergraduate programs”
New paper: Evidence corroborates identity of isolated fossil feather as a wing covert of Archaeopteryx
Carney Lab receives NSF grant to develop technologies for fighting mosquito-borne diseases
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
Join our team!
Ryan Carney, PhD, MPH, MBA
Assistant Professor of Digital Science
Spring courses: Digital Dinosaurs (BSC 4454C), Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy (ZOO 3713C)
Johnny Uelmen, PhD
I am fascinated with infectious diseases. The resiliency of pathogens never ceases to amaze me. To begin to understand how pathogens survive (and thrive) in a given disease system, techniques and methods across multiple scientific disciplines must come together. I am an Epidemiologist at the core, but my background includes Ecology, Entomology, Geography (and GIS), Environmental Studies, and Biology. I work best collaborating with members not just in Public Health, Epidemiology, GIS, and Entomology, but also in Chemistry, Physics, both Veterinary and Human Medicine, and Informatics, to name a few! Please do not hesitate to send an email to say hi!
Sarah Guzinski CV
M.S. Student, Integrative Biology - Physiology and Morphology
My name is Sarah and I am a new graduate student in the Integrative Biology department, currently pursuing my master's degree in Dr. Carney's lab. I intend to complete my thesis on the morphology and kinematics of flightless bird wings. I will be using digital 3D reconstruction techniques in order to create models of the anatomy, as well as implementing joint surface analysis to better understand the kinematics. As the transition between flightless to flying birds (and vice versa) is a key evolutionary landmark, taking a look into the anatomy of extant ratites may help bridge the gap in research of this kind.
Ph.D. Student, Integrative Biology - Physiology and Morphology
I’m a first-year PhD student in the Carney Lab. My research will be on the dentition and diet of Archaeopteryx, making use of a variety of methodologies, both morphological and functional. I previously earned my MS in Geosciences concentrating in vertebrate paleontology at East Tennessee State University, where I studied brown and black bears using geometric morphometrics of their teeth and ecological niche modeling.
Alex Kirk CV
Ph.D. Candidate, Integrative Biology - Physiology and Morphology
TA: Digital Dinosaurs, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
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.
Sebastian Alvarez de Araya
B.S. Student, Environmental Biology, Mathematics minor
Sebastian is a senior undergraduate student currently studying Environmental Biology with a minor in Mathematics at USF, who joined the Carney lab during the Summer of 2020. Sebastian became interested in joining the Carney lab after taking Digital Dinosaurs taught by Dr. Carney and gaining an appreciation for the complex relationship between variations in morphology and its driving factors. His research interests focus on evolutionary anatomy of bone and muscle as well as the ecology of extinct and extant systems. Currently, Sebastian is working on quadrate morphology analysis using GMM for 3D digital modeling and analysis in avians.
B.S. Student, Honors College / Biomedical Sciences and Public Health
Kristen is an undergraduate student at USF studying Biomedical Sciences and Public Health. She is interested in evolutionary biology and the applications of physics within biology and medicine. Her research focus is examining the avian humerus from kinematic and GMM perspectives, and looking at the impacts humeral morphology has on motion.
Karlene Rivera CV
B.S. Student, Honors College / Biomedical Sciences, Psychology minor
Karlene Rivera is an undergraduate student who joined the lab in Spring 2021 after taking interest in the anatomy of mosquitoes responsible for the dispersion of diseases like dengue and malaria. She is currently working on her Honors Thesis with Dr. Carney, and has recently received a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates grant for this research. Karlene has previously presented on the effects of dengue fever and H1N1 on India at the 2020 USF Undergraduate Research Conference. Her research interests also include ecology and its relation to psychological sciences and medicine.
B.S. Student, Geosciences
I am a Junior undergraduate student majoring in Geology. I joined Carney Lab in the Fall of 2019, my interests include dinosaur morphology and evolution. I plan on pursuing a PhD and conducting research in the field of vertebrate paleontology.
Kaleb Smallwood CV
B.S. Student, Geosciences, Spanish minor
Kaleb Smallwood is an undergraduate student of the University of South Florida currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Geology (BS) with a minor in Spanish. He graduated high school with an IB diploma in 2019. His work ethic and flexibility in both group and solo work environments are often lauded by his peers. Currently, he assists Dr. Phil Morris in the Carney Lab in his research on the skulls of birds and the influence of evolution on their shapes, which he began in his first year of college in 2019. This work involves the segmentation of CT scans of avian skulls in Avizo software. Interested in all aspects of paleontology, Kaleb readily accepts any opportunity to gain experience in the field to help him on his projected path of obtaining a Ph.D, and later a career in paleontology performing research on his own vertebrate fossil findings.
Connor Mapes, Phil Morris, Disha Jain, Alec Baines, Mary Williams, Ahmed Abd-Elrahman, Toni Panaou, Jim Mirzakhalov