Talia Yuki Moore, PhD

I am interested in how the biomechanical interactions of an organism in its environment can inform our understanding of morphological evolution and community ecology.
For my PhD research, I studied Jaculus jaculus and other bipedal desert rodents. The erratic nature of their locomotion led me to:
  • Develop novel methods to quantitatively characterize non-steady-state locomotion in 3D
  • Infer predator evasion ability in sympatric quadrupedal and bipedal rodents based on trajectory unpredictability
  • Hypothesize selective pressures favoring the convergent evolution of bipedal, non-steady-state locomotion in 3 groups of desert rodents

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