I'm excited to be flying out to the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden next week! I will be presenting a poster on the latest work that John Hutchinson and I have done on developing a 3D musculoskeletal model of the forelimb in the tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum). Recent work by John and his colleagues have demonstrated that some early tetrapods were not capable of performing the range of motions that living salamanders are capable of, so this work is is being done to delve further into testing the prevailing hypothesis that early tetrapods moved on land using a salamander-like walking gait. It may turn out that the mechanics of walking and running on land using salamander-like gaits would have been too stressful to the limb bones of early tetrapods, which would further support diversity in locomotor designs even at the incipient stages during the evolution of terrestrial locomotion. This has been a really enriching experience in dynamic musculoskeletal modelling, and I am really excited to be sharing some of the progress we've made so far and to hopefully get some feedback on improving our model thus far.
If you are attending SEB this year, please feel free to stop by our poster! Here is the information for it:
Title: "Three-dimensional musculoskeletal model of the tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) forelimb during terrestrial locomotion."
Date: Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Session: Poster session 2
Poster #: A11.76
Time: 17:00 - 19:30
Location: Exhibition Hall, First Floor
I am happy to announce that I have been elected as the upcoming Secretary for the SICB Division of Comparative Biomechanics! It is an absolute pleasure to be continuing on with the DCB leadership team to support and promote our thriving community of biomechanists, and I am excited to engage in new initiatives to help our members. We had excellent candidates in this election, and I am honored to be elected. Thank you to the DCB community for this wonderful opportunity! Please also help me congratulate the many other candidates who were elected! A list of the election results is available here: sicb.org/elections/2017report.php.
My appointment officially begins at the end of the 2018 SICB national meeting in San Francisco, so I hope to see you there!