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Sharon Swartz

Sharon Swartz

Professor of Biology and Engineering

Department: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Engineering

Phone: +1 401 863 1582

Phone 2: +1 401 863 3549

Email: Sharon_Swartz@Brown.EDU

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BioMed Center, Room 206 - 863-1582

Research Summary

Biomechanics, functional morphology, and the evolution of vertebrate limbs. Primary research interest is the function and evolution of the vertebrate skeletal system.

Past or Present Projects Available:

Bat flight kinematics in groups; pHYLOGENY of Bats and Birds; Scaling of the Subchondral Bone Across Terrestrial Mammalian Species; Bat Flight Behind a Delta Wing. Mechanical analysis, video-based kinematics, computer modeling, and anatomical study; Bat flight kinematics in groups; Mechanical property testing and fiber network observation in bat wing membrane; Vertical flight performance and load carrying in short nosed dog-faced fruit bats (Cynopterus brachyotis); Bat bone dynamic stress analysis: quantification by combining in-vitro test of bat bone reaction to stress with high sped video of bats in flight; Maneuverability and wing loading in bats; Structural analysis of glosgophoga wing bones; Hovering rotation in glossophaga; The relationship of bat wing anatomy to flight kinematics; Proper orthogenal decomposition and bat flight kinematics; Mechanics of exoskeleton in terrestrial locomotion; The role of hind limbs in bat aerodynamics; Kinematics of the hand wing of bats; Maneuverability and Wing Loading in Bats; Does size matter? Scalingin Insects; Batstroke: a Kinematic Comparison Between Swimming and Flying in Big Brown Bats; Analysis of Swimming in the Big Brown Bat; Effects of Training and Preconditioning on Tendon Material Properties; Understanding the Mechanical Properties off Bat Wing Membrane Skin Tissue; Inter- and Intra-Species Diversity in the Fibre Network of Bat Wings; Visual Hull Reconstruction on the flight of the Neotropical frugivorous bat Carollia perspicillata