I am fascinated by how we move seamlessly across a variety of surface conditions. Imagine jumping onto a trampoline versus jumping onto a concrete slab, would you land the same way?
By understanding how animals and humans traverse complex terrain we can design better footwear, track surfaces and prosthetics that reduce our risk of injury and improve performance.
My doctoral thesis focused on how environmental conditions and neural feedback influence motor control and coordination. My research blends physical and biological principles to discover how an animal model - the cane toad - sticks the landing no matter the surface condition.
Click on an image above to learn more about my dissertation chapters.