Mechanical Consequences of Form

The foundation of any framework attempting to integrate biomechanical techniques with both fossil data and evolutionary analyses is a rigorous, quantitative understanding of the functional consequences of form. My goal is to think like a biologist and an engineer: to examine biological organisms as machines for transmitting energy and force and to study how natural selection has ‘tinkered’ with the machine. My work in this area includes both experimental and theoretical biomechanical analyses on extant and extinct animals.