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...

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Scientists discover secret to highly efficient swimming in some animals, such as jellyfish

Ever wonder why a seahorse looks like a horse?

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