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We use the tools of biomechanics and functional morphology to study how animals move.
   Among vertebrates, the mechanical behavior of muscles, tendons, and bones is quite conserved at the tissue and cellular levels. The diversity of locomotor performance results in large part from the arrangement and interaction of these components. Our research group  investigates the integrated function of muscles, tendons, and skeletal lever systems to better understand the evolution of musculoskeletal design.