Deban Laboratory

Physiology and Biomechanics of Movement

Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida

In the Deban Lab we examine the biomechanical and physiological mechanisms of animal movement and aim to understand how these mechanisms change through evolution. Our research integrates behavioral, biomechanical, and physiological analyses to reveal proximate mechanisms of our study organisms as well as general design principles. We also take an evolutionary approach to gain insight into how present form and function came to be. The ultimate goal is to formulate broad principles about how complex systems evolve in the face of changing and conflicting functional demands. Read more about our research.

Deban Lab Members

Stephen M. Deban, Associate Professor. My broad interests are in the areas of vertebrate morphology and physiological function, particularly musculoskeletal systems. The current focus in my lab is the influence of environmental factors on the biomechanics and physiology of extreme behaviors. See my profiles on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.

Christian Brown, Ph.D. Student. Locomotion and ecology in salamanders, currently examining jumping and directed aerial descent in flightless animals.

Pablo Garcia, Ph.D. Student. My research focuses on the cranial biomechanics of lizards, including biting and skull kinesis. I have studied the effects of bite out-lever and gape angle on bite-force performance in the brown anole and plan to expand my studies to include lizards with more pronounced cranial kinesis and complex jaw mechanics.

Taylor Kelsay, M.S. Student. Locomotion in salamanders, currently examining the effects of temperature on swimming performance.

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Deban Lab Alumni


Christopher Anderson

Segall Bloom

Maranda Holley

Nick Larghi

Mary Kate O'Donnell

Jeffrey Olberding

Jason Richardson

William Ryerson

Paula Sandusky

Jeffrey Scales

Thomas Sheridan

Charlotte Easterling