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Thomas Roberts

Thomas Roberts

Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Department: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

Phone: +1 401 863 3608


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Biomed Center, Room 205 - 863-3608

Research Summary

Understanding the physiological bases for locomotor performance in vertebrates. Many features of locomotor behavior have yet to be explained from physiological principles because our understanding of the integrated function of the musculoskeletal system is limited.

Past or Present Projects Available:

Mechanics of acceleration in dogs, contractile properties of turkey limb muscles, and modeling mechanics of jumping in frogs; Do frog tendons have a lower Young's moduius than mammalian tendons?; Determinants of muscle lenghth changes during contraction; Power amplificatioin in muscle-tendon systems; Gearing in mckibben pennate muscle system; Batstroke: a Kinematic Comparison between Swimming and Flying in Big Brown Bats; Effects on Human Cell Invasion; Analysis of Swimming in the Big Brown Bat; Thick filament lengths in Anuran depressor mandibulae; Effects of Training and Preconditioning on Tendon Material Properties