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Functional & Evolutionary Morphology
We apply the principles of functional and evolutionary morphology to the study of complex structural systems of model organisms to answer causal, “how?” questions and evolutionary, “why?” questions.
We study pathomechanical postures and movements that may be causally related to tissue degeneration.
IMAGING AND ANIMATION
Advanced imaging techniques and animation enable us to share our research with a wide audience. For example, our rigged graphic equine skeletal model from CT data that can be positioned and animated for those interested in equine movement, therapy, and training. The technique can be applied or modified to be applied to any organism.
FASCIA AND BIOTENSEGRITY
The importance of fascia is increasingly being recognized. We use biotensegrity as a conceptual framework with micro-dissection and advanced imaging techniques to analyze the role of fascia within the body.
THE EVOLUTION OF THE HEAD, NECK & SHOULDERS
We study the head-neck-shoulder apparatus as an example of a complex system in various vertebrates to understand its function in each animal and to reconstruct its evolutionary history.