The muscle paper is out in Integrative and Comparative Biology! Muscle stiffness and damping depend on length AND activation, so animals can tune their effective stiffness. Plus some cool work with harmonic transfer functions. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icy042
Jerry Mekdara’s paper on schooling is published in the Journal of Experimental Biology! http://jeb.biologists.org/content/early/2018/03/08/jeb.175166
Lots of good work from the lab at SICB in San Francisco this year! Perturbing muscle, fish swimming in waves, zapping the lateral line, and beautiful CT scans.
Cassandra Donatelli’s paper on twisting motions in elongate fishes is published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. You can find it here http://jeb.biologists.org/content/220/20/3632
The paper characterizing the properties of lampreys’ edge cells, which sense how their bodies move, is out! http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00359-017-1196-2
We’re hosting the 2016 Northeast Regional SICB meeting on Nov 12. See SICB DVM/DCB regional meeting for more details!
Graduate student Cassandra Donatelli has received a Wainwright Fellowship from the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories. She’ll be going to Friday Harbor this summer to continue her studies of twisting in elongate fishes.
Congratulations to postdoctoral researcher Nicole Danos, who has accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of San Diego. She’ll be starting in the fall!
The Tytell lab will be at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in Portland, OR, in early January. We’ve got 7 presentations!
Christina Hamlet, one of our collaborators at Tulane University, has a new paper in the Journal of Theoretical Biology. She simulated a lamprey-like swimmer with different types of muscle nonlinearities, and found that the force-velocity relationship has a large effect on the overall energetic cost of transport.