• Associate Professor
  • Ecology and Integrative Biology
  • Ph.D. Harvard University 2005
  • Department of Biology
  • Temple University

In the natural world where the properties of a surface can vary dramatically between steps, the locomotor system must be able to respond rapidly and effectively to these environmental challenges. Our long-term research objective is to understand how animals respond to and manipulate naturally unstable and unpredictable environments to facilitate their daily locomotion. We approach our research in an interdisciplinary manner, using a combination of techniques and concepts inspired by other disciplines as diverse as ecology, evolution, behavior, engineering, and computer science. We combine fieldwork with laboratory experimentation to achieve a holistic understanding for our questions while placing our theories and results in a context relevant to the ecology and evolution of the organism.