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Functional Morphology and Biomechanics


Research in the Brainerd lab integrates studies of anatomy, physiology and biomechanics toward a more complete understanding of vertebrate morphology and evolution. Recent work has focused on the development and applications of a new 3D imaging technology, X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology (XROMM). With XROMM we can now visualize and study the natural motions of bones and joints within living animals, and with XROMM combined with Fluoromicrometry (tracking radio-opaque markers in soft tissues) we can quantify the mechanical actions of the muscles powering skeletal motions.


Professor Brainerd and her collaborators and students are currently applying XROMM and fluoromicrometry to study feeding, breathing, and locomotion in species from nearly all classes of vertebrates: suction feeding in sharks; suction feeding in ray-finned fishes; pharyngeal jaw function in cyprinid fishes; food processing in lungfishes; feeding and breathing in frogs and salamanders; food acquisition and mastication in mammals; terrestrial and aquatic locomotion in turtles; and rib kinematics and intercostal muscle function in lizards, snakes, alligators, and birds.

 

Brainerd Lab Group

BRainerd Lab Group. October 2017

In  rare moment, we were all in Providence at once!

 

People

 

 
Elizabeth L. Brainerd    PROFESSOR  Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Brown University  elizabeth_brainerd@brown.edu   Publications   Faculty Research Page

Elizabeth L. Brainerd

PROFESSOR
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brown University
elizabeth_brainerd@brown.edu
Publications
Faculty Research Page

Erika Tavares    LAB MANAGER    erika_tavares@brown.edu

Erika Tavares

LAB MANAGER

erika_tavares@brown.edu

 
Ariel Camp    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW   ariel_camp@brown.edu    Publications   Web site

Ariel Camp

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
ariel_camp@brown.edu

Publications
Web site

Kory Evans    POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW kory_evans@brown.edu    Publications   Web site

Kory Evans

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW
kory_evans@brown.edu


Publications
Web site

 
John Capano    GRADUATE STUDENT   john_capano@brown.edu     Publications

John Capano

GRADUATE STUDENT
john_capano@brown.edu


Publications

Yordano Jimenez    GRADUATE STUDENT   yordano_jimenez@brown.edu   Publications

Yordano Jimenez

GRADUATE STUDENT
yordano_jimenez@brown.edu

Publications

Jeremy (JJ) Lomax    GRADUATE STUDENT    Publications

Jeremy (JJ) Lomax

GRADUATE STUDENT

Publications

Hannah Weller    GRADUATE STUDENT    Publications    Github

Hannah Weller

GRADUATE STUDENT

Publications

Github

Elska Kaczmarek    GRADUATE STUDENT    Publications

Elska Kaczmarek

GRADUATE STUDENT

Publications

 
 
 
 

Publications

Journal Articles:

E.L. Brainerd on Google Scholar

BOOK: 

E.L Brainerd Author Page on Amazon

 

X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology

XROMM

XROMM is a 3D imaging technology, developed at Brown University, for visualizing rapid skeletal movement in vivo. XROMM combines 3D models of bone morphology with movement data from biplanar x-ray video to create highly accurate (±0.1 mm) re-animations of the 3D bones moving in 3D space. Rapid bone motion, such as during bird flight, frog jumping, and human running, can be visualized and quantified with XROMM.

See XROMM.ORG for more information


Links to Movies of Animal Movement

XROMM movies on XROMM.ORG

Old videos on prior Brainerd Lab site

Contact

 
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PI: Elizabeth Brainerd

elizabeth_brainerd@brown.edu

401-863-9261 (office)

Lab Manager: Erika Tavares

erika_tavares@brown.edu

401-863-1032