Currently I am working on some rather interesting biomechanics problems and determining what they mean for dinosaurs and birds. Keep up to date with the progress in the Communications section as results are shared. After embargoes end and non-embargoed progress is available I will update this section with the most current status of my research.

During SICB 2019 I chaired a session for the first time. I found out that the experience makes the wait time and even giving my own talk a little less nerve-wracking than many other talks. I actually have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I had a lot of conversations with other people about biomechanics and how my models work and how the workflow proceeds in the modelling process. There are a lot of techniques out there that I do not know a lot about still, but SICB is always a good place to learn some new ones and that was true this year also.

At the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting I presented aspects of the paper I am working on right now. The talk included some new approaches to modeling and the results of these approaches. Many discussions resulted from this talk and overall I had a pretty productive Saturday because of the talk. The rest of the week was busy and also a bit productive, but it was also a lot of exhausting networking.

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News and headlines from other members of the Holliday Lab.

First and foremost, this section of this page will be replaced in the future as I plan to graduate and leave the lab by summer. I will always keep up to date with my lab members here, but this space will become centered on my research as time passes. However, to place one last item here: Holliday Lab member Samuel "Spiro" Sullivan recently published a paper with Ward Lab member Faye McGechie on European Starling musculature which can be found here.

The Holliday Lab had a large presence at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting Jan. 3 - 7, 2018. Five posters and three talks were presented by lab members that covered an enormous range of biomechanical topics that were both cranial and post-cranial and muscular and skeletal at the same time (some new areas for the lab to present on).

These models of an Alligator ontogenetic series were taken from Kaleb Seller's most excellent JEB pub earlier this year (found here: exploring modeling cranial forces. We're going to be updating these models with new histology images (like our duck sketchfab model) and other goodies. PS, if you happen to have VR capabilities with Google cardboard etc...check it out. You might find yourself in a dangerous position surrounded by virtual alligators.

My research news

Updates from working groups and my own research via Twitter. There are also non-research stories on Twitter (i. e. you will see some Legos and random bird photos). Archived news stories and photos can be found here.

note: Research in the Holliday lab does not involve experimentation on live animals.  Specimens of modern animals used in research are salvage specimens, obtained legally from commercial or governmental sources.