In the news
Below are some select news stories that featured research and outreach activities I have been involved with.
Tail use improves performance on soft substrates in models of early vertebrate land locomotors. Science 353(6295): 154-158.
- ABC Radio National (Australia) - How vertebrates first moved from water to land. (http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/how-vertebrates-first-moved-from-water-to-land/7673226)
- The Christian Science Monitor - Did early land animals get a leg up by using their tails? (www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/0708/Did-early-land-animals-get-a-leg-up-by-using-their-tails)
- Clemson University - The walk of life: tails might have helped vertebrates evolve from sea to land (newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/the-walk-of-life-tails-might-have-helped-vertebrates-evolve-from-sea-to-land/)
- Daily Mail - First animals to set food on land used TAILS to 'walk': robot recreates strange waddle of mudskipper fish 360 million years ago (www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3677182/First-animals-set-foot-land-used-TAILS-walk-Robot-recreates-strange-waddle-mudskipper-fish-360-million-years-ago.html)
- EurekAlert! - Recreating ancient vertebrate's first step on dry land (www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2016-07/nsf-rav070716.php)
- GizMag - Mudskipper robot gives us a lesson in locomotion (www.gizmag.com/mudskipper-robot/44262/)
- Georgia Tech - Robot helps study how first land animals moved 360 million years ago (www.news.gatech.edu/2016/07/04/robot-helps-study-how-first-land-animals-moved-360-million-years-ago)
- IFLS - Robot recreates the first vertebrate to 'walk' on land (www.iflscience.com/technology/robot-recreates-the-first-vertebrate-to-walk-on-land/)
- LiveScience - Mudskipper robot mimics ancient land animals' first steps (www.livescience.com/55316-mudskipper-inspired-robot.html)
- Los Angeles Times - How tails may have helped ancient animals make the transition from water to land (www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-tails-water-land-20160708-snap-story.html)
- NSF - Recreating ancient vertebrate's first step on dry land (www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=139156&WT.mc_id=USNSF_3)
- NSF - MuddyBot robot uses the locomotion principles of the mudskipper to move through granular materials (www.nsf.gov/news/mmg/mmg_disp.jsp?med_id=80893&from=mn)
- PLOS Paleo Community Blog - Did a strong tail give early land-invaders a leg up? (http://blogs.plos.org/paleocomm/2016/11/15/did-a-strong-tail-give-early-land-invaders-a-leg-up/#.WCsu6i-WkaA.twitter)
- PNAS Journal Club - Ancient fish moving to land used their tails as crutches (blog.pnas.org/2016/07/journal-club-ancient-fish-moving-to-land-used-their-tails-as-crutches/)
- Popular Mechanics - This robot helps scientists learn how walking evolved (www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/a21783/robot-fish-walk-on-land/)
- Popular Science - Robot replicates how our ancestors first walked on land: first and ancient past combine in the study of vertebrates (www.popsci.com/robot-replicates-how-we-might-have-evolved)
- ScienceDaily - Robots help study how first land animals moved 360 million years ago (www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160707150958.htm)
- ScienceNews - Hightailing it out of the water, mudskipper style (www.sciencenews.org/article/hightailing-it-out-water-mudskipper-style)
- Singapore News - First animals to set foot on land used tails to 'walk': robot recreates strange waddle of mudskipper fish 360 million years ago (www.singaporenews.sg/science/first-animals-to-set-foot-on-land-used-tails-to-walk-robot-recreates-strange-waddle-of-mudskipper-fish-360-million-years-ago/)
- Smithsonian - Awkward robots show how tails propelled first land walkers to new heights (www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/awkward-robots-show-how-tails-propelled-first-land-walkers-new-heights-180959717/?no-ist)
- Tenga para que se entretenga - Una cola para salir del aqua (tengaparaqueseentretenga.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/una-cola-para-salir-del-agua/)
- Wall Street Journal - Scientists use robots to study the evolution of ancient aquatic animals (www.wsj.com/articles/scientists-use-robots-to-study-the-evolution-of-ancient-aquatic-animals-1467914401)
- Washington Post - How this robot is helping to explain the origins of life (www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/how-this-robot-is-helping-to-explain-the-origins-of-life/2016/07/07/597f9d72-445e-11e6-a76d-3550dba926ac_video.html)
Comparative limb bone loading in the humerus and femur of the tiger salamander Ambystoma tigrinum: testing the "mixed-chain" hypothesis for skeletal safety factors. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 341-353.
- NSF Discovery: "Earth's weird and wonderful animal models" http://nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?org=NSF&cntn_id=138386&preview=false. April 21, 2016.
- Science Daily: "Strolling salamanders provide clues on how animals evolved to move from water to land" http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151130141334.htm. November 30, 2015.
- NIMBioS: "Strolling salamanders provide clues on how animals evolved to move from water to land" http://www.nimbios.org/press/FS_salamander. November 30, 2015.
- University of Tennessee, Knoxville: "Salamander strut: NIMBioS studies how animals moved from water to land" http://tntoday.utk.edu/2015/11/30/salamander-strut-nimbios-studies-animals-moved-water-land/. November 30. 2015.
Propulsive forces of mudskipper fins and salamander limbs during terrestrial locomotion: implications for the invasion of land. Integrative and Comparative Biology 53(2): 283-294.
- Clemson GLIMPSE: “Traveling through time.” http://www.clemson.edu/glimpse/?p=4529.
- SEBulletin: “The evolution of fins and limbs in the land invasion race.” October 2013 issue.
- WAMC Northeast Public Radio: “Fins, Limbs, and Walking on Land.” http://wamc.org/post/dr-richard-blob-clemson-university-fins-limbs-and-walking-land. September 17, 2013.
- KPCC South Carolina Public Radio – The Loh Down on Science: “Understanding how animals made the transition from water to land.” http://www.scpr.org/programs/loh-down-on-science/2013/09/13/33672/understanding-how-animals-made-the-transition-from/. September 13, 2013.
- BBC: “Life in super slow-motion.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23205563. July 8, 2013.
- Asian News International: “How forelimbs overtook fins in land invasion.” http://www.aninews.in/newsdetail9/story119329/how-forelimbs-overtook-fins-in-land-invasion.html. July 6, 2013.
- Science Daily: “The Evolution of Fins to Limbs in the Land Invasion Race.” http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/07/130705212224.htm. July 5, 2013.
- LA Times: “From fin to limb: how our ancestors moved out of the sea.” http://www.latimes.com/news/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-early-tetrapods-20130705,0,149511.story. July 5, 2013.
- NIMBioS: "NIMBioS Staff, Postdocs & Graduate Students Give Middle School Girls STEM Adventures!" http://www.nimbios.org/wordpress/2015/07/17/nimbios-staff-postdocs-graduate-students-give-middle-school-girls-stem-adventures/. July 17, 2015.
- Reptile Channel story on herpetology outreach. http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Clemson-University-Students-Share-The-Joy-Of-Herps-With-Girl-Scouts/. May 15, 2012.
- LiveScience: “From drawing to morphology.” http://www.livescience.com/48652-from-drawing-to-morphology-sandy-kawano.html. November 6, 2014.