Trina Du (McGill University, PhD)
I’m a PhD student from McGill visiting the lab for the fall 2015 semester. While I’m here, I’ll be doing a histochemical study of fin and axial musculature in Polypterus. I am interested in knowing how fibre types, and oxidative and glycolytic capacity change when fish are raised in an aquatic vs terrestrial environment.
Kevin Duclos (University of Calgary, PhD)
Keegan Lutek (PhD)
I did my undergrad and Masters at the University of Guelph, where I fell in love with the weird and wonderful invertebrates and became fascinated with the amazing feats of strength and speed that animals achieve. My Masters was in developmental biology, looking at the metamorphic transition of purple sea urchin larvae, but I was continually drawn to questions about how animals move. Following my Masters, I was given the opportunity to pursue this curiosity in the Standen biomechanics lab. I am in the midst of completing my PhD, investigating the neuromuscular control of fish locomotion. I will present Polypterus with a variety of novel environments, from viscous water to emersion, and assess changes in body kinematics, muscle activation and neural activation. My thesis will help us better understand how Polypterus accomplish their numerous locomotor patterns at the whole body, muscular and neural level.
Kimberly Reid (PhD, co-supervised with Dr. Keir Menzies)
Javier Santos Santos (Universitat de Barcelona, Erasmus Mundus Nova Domus PhD)
I am an exchange research fellow from the University of Barcelona (Spain). I will be performing biomechanics (high-speed video, EMG, sonomicrometry, PIV) to discriminate differences in various aspects of performance to test evolutionary hypotheses in frogs.
Katherine Znotinas (MSc)
I joined the lab as a Master’s student after an undergraduate course sparked an interest in comparative biomechanics, and I became interested in the importance of various sensory inputs in fish locomotion. Focussing on the lateral line, visual, and electrosensory systems, I am interested in the capabilities of the sensory systems of Polypterus, their interaction, and their role in behaviour, particularly locomotion. I also seek to understand how the function of these senses, and their importance in locomotory control, might change between terrestrial and aquatic environments.