DR. BRAD GEMMELL
I have a broad interest in marine behavioral ecology. Specifically, I am interested in the role of animal-fluid interactions in the marine environment and how these govern important biological factors such as predator-prey interactions as well as large-scale ecosystem processes and evolutionary relationships. My work includes a mechanistic approach to investigate how organisms function in fluid environments and extends to sublethal effects of environmental pollutants (e.g. oil spills). I specialize in the use of high speed imaging techniques such as particle image velocimetry (2D) and holographic cinematography (3D) to answer ecologically relevant questions regarding animal interactions with: fluid, predators, feeding, mating, migration, swimming and turbulence. Closely aligned with my study of animal-fluid interactions is a general interest in the evolutionary arms race between predators and prey, convergent evolution in propulsive mechanisms and understanding biological propulsion for use in bio-inspired design.
I am currently accepting graduate students. Contact me for details
MY LATEST RESEARCH
Jellyfish and eel-like fish (lamprey) reveal secrets to highly efficent locomotion.
Jellyfish might not seem like great swimmers but find out what makes them one of the best...
Scientists discover secret to highly efficient swimming in some animals, such as jellyfish
Ever wonder why a seahorse looks like a horse?