Ariel Camp 'Do fish have necks? How muscles of the body can power feeding behaviors.' Host: Kris D'Aout

12:45pm - 1:45pm / Friday 20th April 2018 / Venue: Rooms G12- G15, Ground floor, William Henry Duncan Apex Building
Type: Seminar / Category: Research / Series: Institute of Ageing & Chronic Disease seminar series
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  • Suitable for: Staff and students
  • Admission: Free to staff and students. No need to register
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Bio: Ariel Camp recently joined the IACD as a BBSRC Future Leader Research Fellow, before which she completed her PhD and postdoctoral training in the Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Brown University, USA. Her research focuses on imaging muscles and bones in motion to understand the evolution of these musculoskeletal systems, as well as the fundamentals of how muscles function.

Summary: Just as an athlete will use back and core muscles to power a throw, animals may use body or neck muscles to power feeding motions of the head--but we know very little about how or if this happens. Ariel’s previous work used X-ray based techniques to visualize 3D, in vivo bone motion and muscle shortening to show how fish use “swimming” muscles of the body to power feeding. Here at Liverpool, she will examine how the vertebral column of neck-less fish flex three-dimensionally to produce neck-like motions, and what this can tell us about the evolution of the vertebrate neck and how muscles produce and control motion.

Audience: The presentation is aimed at a broad audience interested in biomechanics, musculoskeletal function, 3D and X-ray imaging, and/or animal motion.