Current Graduate Students
(click here for information about the CU BioSci graduate program)
Sandy earned her BS at the University of California-Davis (2008).
• Sandy's dissertation is examining how locomotor biomechanics influenced the evolutionary invasion of land by vertebrates, using mudskippers and salamanders as experimental models.
• Sandy also has extensive experience using studies of morphological selection to evaluate functional tradeoffs across waterfall climbing species of gobiid fishes
• See Sandy's website for more details!
• 2011, 2012 Clemson Wade Stackhouse Fellowship
• 2011 North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Graduate Student Teaching Award
• 2010 ASIH Raney award
• 2010 Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research
Takashi earned his BS at St. Cloud State (2004) and MSc in my lab at Clemson (2007).
• Takashi's dissertation is examining the biomechanics of feeding and substrate adhesion in waterfall climbing gobiid fishes
• 2009, 2010 Clemson Anderson Fellowship
• 2007 ASIH Raney award
Vanessa earned her BS at Erskine College (2010) and MSc at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock (2012). She will be joining the lab in Fall, 2012.
MICHAEL BUTCHER (2006-2008)
• Now Assistant Professor at Youngstown State University
• Mike's website
• Comparative locomotor loading mechanics of turtle and opossum hindlimbs
ANGELA RIVERA (2011)
• Now Postdoc at Harvard University
• Comparative forelimb muscle function in turtles: tests of environmental variation and neuromotor conservation
GABRIEL RIVERA (2009)
• Now NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Iowa State University
• Hydrodynamics of freshwater turtles: maneuverability, stability, and effects of shell shape
CASEY GOSNELL (2010)
• Now with National Marine Fisheries Service
• Femoral loading mechanics in Virginia opossums (Didelphis virginiana): torsion and mediolateral bending in mammalian parasagittal locomotion
MEGAN SHEFFIELD (2008)
• Now Science Librarian at University of South Florida
• Megan's website
• Loading mechanics in femora of tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum) and tegu lizards (Tupinambis merianae): implications for the evolution of limb bone design
• Blob, R. W., Wright, K. M, Becker, M, Maie, T., Iverson, T. J., Julius, M. L., Schoenfuss, H. L. 2007. Ontogenetic change in novel functions: waterfall climbing in adult Hawaiian gobiid fishes. Journal of Zoology 273:200-209. Available HERE