Showing posts from May, 2014

Amphibian Feeding Mechanics Class at the Garden

This semester, the Garden's Department of Research and Conservation collaborated with GA Tech's School of Biology to offer a research course in aspects of functional morphology. As one of my favorite subjects of all time, functional morphology — or biomechanics — investigates animal movements (often with the help of x-ray and/or high-speed videography) to gain a better understanding of how animals successfully project their tongues, locomote, capture prey, swim, burrow or practically anything one can measure and sequence.

The class was offered to 10 graduating seniors at GA Tech and the purpose was to teach them how to ask testable scientific questions relating to amphibians in the Garden's conservation and research collections, and then design experiments to answer their questions. With the help of Dr Hu and myself, they students were able to investigate some very interesting aspects of amphibian biology.