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

Samantha Seador, Class of 2023

2022 - Present

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.

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 is helping to inform Samantha's models in Blender. 

Visiting Lab Members

Drew MacDonald, Class of 2023

2023 - Present

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.

Past Lab Members

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.

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Current CV (1-26-2023)
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