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Postdoctoral Scholars

Megan Jensen

Baleen whales include the largest animals that currently and historically have ever lived on Earth. These whales filter-feed on small-bodied prey using baleen plates rather than teeth. These plates are made of keratin (like fingernails) tubules, which fray on the inside and create a dense fibrous mat of bristles, or fringe. Baleen plates are arranged in “racks”, which line the inside of the animal’s mouth on each side. The morphology of both the baleen plates and bristles vary between species.Baleen whales present a classic conundrum in biology: the largest animals on earth support themselves (...)

Benyamin Rosental

Phone: (831) 655-6244

Paolo Segre

Maneuverability is critical to survival and plays an important role in prey capture, predator avoidance, and territorial disputes. I am interested in the fluid dynamics, kinematics, and ecological correlates of maneuvering performance across a range of animals. My PhD research focused on quantifying and comparing the acrobatic maneuvers of tropical hummingbirds in Central and South America. At Hopkins Marine Station I am applying similar engineering principles to the study of maneuvering performance in free ranging rorqual whales. http://web.stanford.edu/~psegre/