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I am an Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University.  The Florida Atlantic Biomechanics Laboratory (The FAB Lab) is opening in January 2014.  Please email me if you are interested in learning more about or potentially working in the FAB Lab.

My interest in biology has taken me from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to remote fishing camps in Baja, and my study organisms have come from both the plant and animal kingdoms.  My scientific interests include biomechanics and functional morphology, ecology, and physiology.  I conducted my post-doc research adventures in the biomechanics and evolutionary robotics lab of Dr. John Long at Vassar College’s Department of Biology.  In 2007, I  finished my PhD in Dr. Adam Summers’ Biomechanics and functional morphology lab in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of California, Irvine.

Currently, my study organisms of choice are elasmobranchs (sharks, skates, and rays).  I am interested in the mechanics of their cartilaginous vertebral columns and how that translates into the different swimming styles seen among species.  I also use bio-inspired robots and biomimetic structures to answer questions about skeletal material evolution and locomotion.  Please peruse this site for more information on my research.

Thanks for checking out my site and please email me (me.porter@fau.edu) if you have an questions.

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