Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 4:00pm
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Biological Labs Lecture Hall, Room 1080, 16 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge

OEB Seminar

Sheila Patek, Duke University, will give a talk on "From Fast to Ultra-Fast: The Biological World of Extreme Movement."

Abstract: The fastest movements in the biological world will be explored in the context of their biomechanics, evolutionary diversification and the trade-offs that come with extreme kinematic capabilities.  The presentation will focus especially on the remarkable mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda) that wield hammers moving with the acceleration of a bullet and spears that can snag swimming fish.  These remarkable biological feats will be considered not only for their inherent fascination and insights into biological and physical principles, but also for their inspiration of human-designed devices

Contact Name: 

Wendy Heywood

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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