Biomechanics

Biomechanics looks at the ways organisms deal with mechanical matters. These include the forces imposed by their environments; the forces they generate in processes such as growth, fluid transport, and locomotion; patterns of flow; the properties of biological materials; and the mechanical behavior of structural systems.

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Ecological Level

Looking at flow microhabitats using fluorescein and chalk by Jessica Bolker, University of New Hampshire

Integrative Level

List of relevant books by Steven Vogel, Duke University
Quantification by Steven Vogel, Duke University

Organ Level

Biomechanics of Tree and Vine Stems by Steven K. Rice, Union College

Organismal Level

An Egg-ceptionally Egg-celent Egg-periment: Testing the Influence of Morphological Design by Frank Fish, West Chester University
Lecture Demonstrations by Steven Vogel, Duke University
Making Flow Tanks by Steven Vogel, Duke University
Problems for assigning by Steven Vogel, Duke University
The Classroom Ballista by Steven Vogel, Duke University
A Pair of Three-Point Bending Testers for Outdoor Use by Steven Vogel, Duke University
Cavitation and impact forces by the Peacock mantis shrimp by Sheila Patek , University of California Berkeley
Do the locomotion: personal explorations of Froude number by Jessica Bolker, University of New Hampshire
Draggy Trajectories by Tiffany Chen, Duke University
Fast cockatiel flight by Tyson Hedrick, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Gliding flight in snakes by Jake Socha, Virginia Tech
Gliding flight in snakes by Jake Socha, Virginia Tech
Hovering hawkmoth flight by Tyson Hedrick, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jaw-jumping ants: trajectories and trap-jaws by Sheila Patek, University of California Berkeley
Seahorse dorsal fin undulation by Miriam Ashley-Ross, Wake Forest University
Slow cockatiel flight by Tyson Hedrick, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Testing flexion in situ by Steven Vogel, Duke University
Testing hypotheses about the evolution of insect flight from surface-skimming ancestors by Jim Marden, Penn State University

Systems Level

Invent Circulatory Systems by Steven Vogel, Duke University
Jaw Lever Model by Mark Westneat, Field Museum of Natural History
Physical models of joints: Put the "arthro" into arthropods and the dogleg into the dog’s leg by David Alexander, University of Kansas

Tissue Level

Are you strong enough, or tough enough? by Peter Purslow, University of Guelph
Do you want to be stiff or flexible? by Peter Purslow, University of Guelph
Fracturing seaweed: critical crack length and morphology by Jessica Bolker, University of New Hampshire