I am fascinated by how animals and humans 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? Chances are you would adopt different landing strategies without giving it much thought.
If we understand universal principles for 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 has focused on how cane toads coordinate and adapt their behavior when hopping from or landing on surfaces that vary in stiffness. My research blends physical and biological principles to discover how the toads stick the landing no matter the surface condition.
Click on an image above to learn more about my dissertation chapters.