We’re moving – twice!

We are currently moving the Burke Museum’s ~55,000 mammal specimens to the New Burke, which will open in Fall 2019. The mammal collection is currently closed for operations, as we joyfully transport our specimens to this brand-new facility in the UW Seattle campus:

Our lab has also moved to the Life Sciences Building, a beautiful new facility designed to enhance collaboration across the UW Biology Department, and active-learning teaching efforts.

The CT scanner is here!

The Santana Lab is delighted to introduce our newest piece of equipment: a Skyscan 1174 microCT scanner. This beautiful machine allows us to create very high resolution 3D models of delicate skulls that we can then use to study feeding mechanics in different mammals, including bats. Below is a video we made using our 3D visualization software of the skull of Noctilio leporinus, also known as the greater bulldog bat or the greater fishing bat. Check out the detail in the teeth and the complexity of the inner ears! We’re having a blast with our new technology, so expect more videos of mammal skulls in the future.



Welcome to the Santana Lab at the University of Washington and the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. We combine studies on the morphology, performance, behavior and ecology of mammals to understand their evolution and diversity. We are interested in questions such as:

  • Why are there differences in diversity across mammal groups?
  • How is variation in morphology related to the performance of organisms in nature?
  • What is the impact of behavior in the evolution of performance and morphology?
  • What is the role of ecomorphology in shaping ecological communities and in diversification?

Browse this site to learn more about the lab and find out about opportunities to join. Follow this site for lab news.