I am a Senior Lecturing Fellow in the Animal Locomotion Lab, and I am investigating how humans maintain stability while running. My particular interests are in the adjustments the body makes while running on variable substrates (e.g., grass, trail, sidewalk). Specifically, I want to know if (as well as how and when) the body returns to pre-substrate change mechanics. Understanding the underlying limb and body mechanics during running on stable and uneven ground conditions can aid in prevention of injuries. This knowledge will provide direction for training regimes that prepare runners mechanically and physically for variable and unpredictable running surfaces. In the future, I hope to investigate these questions in quadrupedal locomotion.
Before coming to Duke, I taught Human Anatomy and Physiology at several different colleges while completing my graduate degrees. I was an instructor of Biology at Central Community College in Hastings, Nebraska. I taught undergraduate Human Anatomy and Physiology labs while I earned my PhD with Robert Baker at TexasTech University. My dissertation focused on investigating species relationships of Caribbean bats using phylogenetics and morphological analyses. During my MS with Scott Pedersen at South Dakota State University, I conducted research on the bias of bat capture techniques by video recording their activity. At South Dakota State University, I taught cadaver-based undergraduate Human Anatomy labs.