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