News

02-12-13 Come talk bats with me at the NSF booth at AAAS in Boston (Feb. 14-18).

12-12-12 My chapter in The Biology of Butterflyfishes with Lara Ferry is nearing publication

03-14-12 Videos from my work are now on my YouTube channel.

09-28-11 Our paper on muscle-tendon function in deceleration is out. Check it out under publications

08-29-11 If you missed me on Nat Geo you can watch the show here,

08-10-11 Fieldwork with makeup on: Our Nat Geo documentary on fast oceanic fish feeding airs in the UK on Aug 21st and in the US on Aug 26th.

07-21-11 My paper on evolution of chewing generates interest. Find it in publications (dedicated to W. Skiles).

06-25-10 Recording high-speed video of fast oceanic fish feeding, with a National Geographic camera crew.

05-01-09 Off to Brown University for an NIH-funded post doc w. Dr. Tom Roberts.

08-12-08 Off to Johns Hopkins University for a post doc w. Prof. Rebecca German.

01-24-06 Left Oz for an NSF-funded post doc at Hofstra University w. Dr. Chris Sanford.

12-20-05 Corrected version of my PhD thesis uploaded. Thanks to my reviewers for their helpful comments.

09-07-05 Handed in my PhD thesis..

About Nicolai [cv]

about nicolai

I am generally interested in animal movement biology. My work examines form, mechanics and function of structural innovations in a wide range of organisms.

Ongoing projects examine the role of novel joints and patterns of muscle activity in the evolution of gnathostome feeding, and how the elasticity of tendons connecting tetrapod leg muscles to bones aid in deceleration of movement . One of my main questions is how the evolution of structural innovation affect functional disparity, being the range of functional diversity in ecological groups.

I have several collaborations aimed at integrating measurements from multiple biological determinant levels, including neuromotor control, energy production and dissipation by muscle, and biomechanics of hard and soft tissues. I combine cutting-edge visualization techniques, like XROMM with classical scientific craftsmanship to understand the processes interconnecting form and function of organisms with their ecological role.

Academic preparation

BSc and MSc in zoological morphology, Hoeg and Jespersen labs, University of Copenhagen, DK. 1997-99

DRS Doctoral Candidate in ecomorphology at The Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Biodiversity, Bellwood lab, James Cook University, Australia. 2000-05

NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in functional morphology and biomechanics, Sanford lab, Hofstra University, NY, USA. 2006-08

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in clinical and integrative physiology, German lab, Johns Hopkins Medical University, MD, USA. 2008-09

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Roberts lab, Brown University, RI, USA. 2009-2011

NIH Investigator, Roberts lab, Brown University, RI, USA. 2011-2012

Investigator, Brown University, RI, USA. 2012-