George V. Lauder

George V. Lauder

Sabbatical, Academic Year 2018-2019
Professor of Biology, Harvard College Professor,
Henry Bryant Bigelow Professor of Ichthyology, Curator of Ichthyology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology
George Lauder

Faculty Support: Maggie Starvish

Structure, function, and evolution of vertebrates, particularly fishes and amphibians. Current studies include (1) investigation of the biomechanics of aquatic locomotion in sharks and ray-finned fishes using quantitative flow visualization, and (2) analyses of musculoskeletal function during feeding and locomotion. Additional interests include biological fluid mechanics, theoretical approaches to the analysis form and function in organisms, and the history and philosophy of morphology and physiology.

Recent Publications

2017.  Rosic, M-L., Thornycroft, P. J. M., Feilich, K. L., Lucas, K. N., and G. V. Lauder.  Performance variation due to stiffness in a tuna-inspired flexible foil model.  Bioinspiration and Biomimetics 12: 016011.

2017.  Lehn, A. M., Thornycroft, P. J. M., Lauder, G. V., M. C. Leftwich.  The effect of input perturbation on the performance and wake dynamics of aquatic propulsion in heaving flexible panels.  Physical Review Fluids  Physical Review Fluids 2, 023101.

2016.  Lauder, G. V., Wainwright, D. K., Domel, A. G., Weaver, J., Wen, L., Bertoldi, K.  Structure, biomimetics, and fluid dynamics of fish skin surfaces.  Physical Review Fluids 1, 060502.

2016.  Higham, T. E., S. M. Rogers, R. B. Langerhans, H. A. Jamniczky, , G. V. Lauder, W. J. Stewart, C. H. Martin. and D. N. Reznick.  Speciation through the lens of biomechanics:  locomotion, prey capture, and reproductive isolation. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, London 283:20161294.

2016.  Park, Sung-Jin, M. Gazzola, K. S. Park, S. Park, V. Di Santo, E. L. Blevins, J. U. Lind, P. H. Campbell, S. Dauth, A. Capulli, F. S. Pasqualini, S. Ahn, A. Cho, H. Yuan, B. M. Maoz, R. Vijaykumar, J. W. Choi, K. Deisseroth, G. V. Lauder, L. Mahadevan, K. K. Parker. Phototactic guidance of a tissue-engineered soft-robotic ray.  Science 353:158-162.

Contact Information

The Museum of Comparative Zoology Labs
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA 02138



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