THOMAS ROBERTS

My research uses the tools of biomechanics and functional morphology to study how animals move. Among vertebrates, the mechanical behavior of muscles, tendons, and bones is quite conserved at the tissue and cellular levels. The diversity of locomotor performance results in large part from the arrangement and interaction of these components. I investigate the integrated function of muscles, tendons, and skeletal lever systems to better understand the evolution of musculoskeletal design.

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Biography

My training is in biomechanics and comparative physiology. I received my B.A. in Biology from the University of Chicago and my Ph.D. from the Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Department at Harvard University. In my graduate work I used a broad comparative approach to examine the link between musculoskeletal morphology and the metabolic energy cost of running. As a postdoctoral fellow at Northeastern I focused on the physiological and mechanical behavior of skeletal muscle. My research program aims to integrate our understanding of muscle physiology with modern approaches in functional morphology and biomechanics.

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THOMAS ROBERTS, PhD
Associate Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Phone: +1 401 863 3608
E-mail: Thomas_Roberts@brown.edu

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