My research is focused on assessing the links between the form (morphology), function and pathogenesis of the terrestrial vertebrate musculoskeletal system during feeding and locomotion. Why does the vertebrate musculoskeletal system vary so widely– or in other words, what are the functional and developmental consequences of anatomical variation? Evolutionary history surely has played a huge role in shaping musculoskeletal form, but how do musculoskeletal mechanics and scaling factors during ontogeny constrain and/or direct the morphology and the composition of musculoskeletal design? To what extent are musculoskeletal design and performance related to disease?
To address my research questions I use a repertoire of experimental methods, medical imaging techniques, 3D virtual reconstructions & animations, computer simulations and mathematical models.