Biomechanics and Ornithology at Albright

Our group investigates biomechanics through dissection and computer modeling, and, in the future, possibly more avenues! We are also interested in anatomy, behavior, and physiology of birds and dinosaurs and science communication and outreach. We welcome all Albright students to join us, regardless of your major.

Current Lab Members

Kathryn Baptiste, Class of 2024

2022 - Present

Kathryn is interested in muscle physiology and is specifically interested in muscles of the wing. Currently Kathryn is dissecting wings, measuring muscles, and generating data to conduct PCSA estimates. Her work helped to inform Samantha Seador's models in Blender. Since Samantha graduated, Kathryn has taken over the models and is fine tuning muscle placement and shape with hopes to animate the flight of a Barn owl (Tyto alba).

Kassidy Filosa, Class of 2024

2023 - Present

Kassidy is using models to print 3D skulls and interpreting layers of tissue. Kassidy will soon be sculpting layers of tissue onto the skull to make a representation of the living head. She is currently sculpting theropod and hadrosaur heads.

Isabelle Geisler, Class of 2024

2023 - Present

Isabelle is working on respiration and lungs in birds. She is comparing the lungs and air sacs in a variety of birds.

Charlie Leidig, Class of 2024

2023 - Present

Charlie is helping to develop curriculum for the anatomy and physiology sequence of classes. He has been awarded funding for the January interim to work on this project.

Ted Ngaleu, Class of 2025

2024 - Present

Ted is currently working on refining his project but is interested in aerodynamics and how the skulls of birds react to and are evolved for the pressures of flight.

Visiting Lab Members

Past Lab Members

Samantha Seador, Class of 2023

2022 - 2023

Samantha is interested in muscle physiology and is specifically interested in muscles of the wing. Currently Samantha is sculpting muscles and learning how to animate the flying motion of the wings in Blender. She is working with Kathryn to build anatomically correct and well-informed models.

Drew MacDonald, Class of 2023

Spring 2023

Drew is currently re-writing case study assessments in human anatomy and physiology courses. He is using game design principles and processes in conjunction with medically relevant information from multiple case studies to build an immersive experience for students investigating and solving medical case studies as a part of their course experience.

Kamaryn Koch, Class of 2023

2022 - 2023

Kamaryn is interested in the cardiovascular and respiratory systems of vertebrates.  Kamaryn dissected specimens while working under an ACRE grant to conduct her research on the hearts of birds with different flying styles. She presented her findings as a poster at Albright and during the virtual session of the meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 2022. Kamaryn has graduated and is applying to physician's assistant programs

Phuong Chau, Class of 2022

2021 - 2022

Phuong measured and described the teeth of bats representing a variety of diets and a number of different families in the Albright teaching collections. She has graduated and is looking forward to dental school.

Brigette Amendano, Class of 2022

2020 - 2022

Brigette conducted work mapping the trigeminal nerve in raptors. She presented at multiple conferences and hopes to publish her work. She is currently applying to medical schools while working on a master's degree in medical sciences at Boston University.

Robert Schwartz, Class of 2021

2020 - 2021

Robert is interested in the tendon locking mechanism of birds and the muscles related to this function. Robert finished some exciting work on various raptor muscles and wrote a comprehensive senior thesis on perching and perching muscles during his senior year at Albright. Robert has recently been accepted to medical school.


Suzy Spriggs, Class of 2021

2020 - 2021

Suzy is interested in the bill tip organ, pathway of the trigeminal nerve, and neural nuclei associated with the trigeminal nerve and bill tip organ. Suzy wrote a very detailed description of the trigeminal nerve in the faces of 5 ducks, herons, and geese. Her nerve maps are serving as the basis for future undergraduate research here at Albright.

The image shown above on the browser tab is a model of a Grey Parrot skull painted in Microsoft 3D Builder.

Current CV (5-24-2024)
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