Matt McHenry
Associate Professor

Animal locomotion.

Alberto Soto
Postdoctoral Researcher

Strategy in predator-prey interactions.

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Theodora Po
Doctoral Student

Biomechanics and control of locomotion in sea stars

Ashley Peterson
Doctoral Student

Vision and predator avoidance behavior.

Amberle McKee
Doctoral Student

Vision and predator avoidance behavior.

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Lab members in bold.

Soto, A.P., Po, T., & McHenry, M.J.  (2019). Multichannel Stroboscopic Videography (MSV): A technique for visualizing multiple channels for behavioral measurements. Journal of Experimental Biology. 222: jeb201749, doi: 10.1242/jeb.201749. PDF

Carrillo, A., Van Le, D., Byron, M., Jiang, H., & McHenry, M.J. (2019). Canal neuromasts enhance foraging in
zebrafish (Danio rerio). Bioinspiration and Biomimetics 14 035003. PDF

Green, P.A., McHenry, M.J., & Patek, S.N. (2019). Context-dependent scaling of kinematics and energetics during contests and feeding in mantis shrimp. Journal of Experimental Biology 198085, doi:10.1242/jeb.198085. PDF

McHenry M.J., Johansen J.L., Soto A.P., Free B.A., Paley D.A., & Liao J.C. (2019) The pursuit strategy of predatory bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix). Proc. R. Soc. B 20182934. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2018.2934. PDF

Free B.A., McHenry M.J., & Paley D.A. (2019) Probabilistic analytical modelling of predator–prey interactions in fishes. J. R. Soc. Interface 16: 20180873. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2018.0873. PDF

Nair, A.,  Changsing, K., Stewart, W.J. & McHenry, M.J. (2017) Fish prey change strategy with the direction of a threat. Proc. R. Soc. B 20170393. doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.0393. PDF

Nair, A., Nguyen, C. & McHenry M.J. (2017) A faster escape does not enhance survival in zebrafish larvae. Proc. R. Soc. B 20170359. doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.0359. PDF

McHenry, M.J., Anderson, P.S.L., Van Wassenbergh, S., Matthews, D., Summers, A.P. & Patek, S.N.
(2016) The comparative hydrodynamics of rapid rotation by predatory appendages. Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 3399-3411; doi: 10.1242/jeb.140590. PDF

Carrillo, A. & McHenry, M.J. (2016) Zebrafish learn to forage in the dark. Journal of Experimental Biology. 219, 582-589 doi:10.1242/jeb.128918. PDF

Nair, A., Azatian, G. & McHenry, M.J. (2015) The kinematics of directional control in the fast start of zebrafish larvae.
Journal of Experimental Biology 218: 3996-4004. doi:10.1242/jeb.126292. PDF

Soto, A., Stewart, W.J. & McHenry, M.J. (2015) When optimal strategy matters to prey fish. Integrative and Comparative Biology. doi:10.1093/icb/icv027 PDF

Stewart, W.J., Nair, A., Jiang, H. & McHenry, M.J. (2014) Prey fish escape by sensing the bow wave of a predator. Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 4328-4336. doi:10.1242/jeb.111773. PDF Article featured in “Inside JEB”.

Ngo, V. & McHenry, M.J. (2014) The hydrodynamics of swimming at intermediate Reynolds numbers in the water boatman (Corixidae). Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 2740-2751. PDF

Yoshizawa, M., Jeffery, W.R, van Netten, S.M. & McHenry, M.J. (2014) The sensitivity of lateral line receptors and their role in the behavior of Mexican blind cavefish (Astyanax mexicanus). Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 886-895. PDF

McHenry, M.J. & Liao, J.C. (2014) The Hydrodynamics of Flow Stimuli. In Springer Handbook of Auditory Research 48: The Lateral Line. Coombs & Bleckman (Eds.). New York: Springer. DOI 10.1007/2506_2013_13. PDF

van Netten, S.M. & McHenry, M.J. (2014) The Biophysics of Neuromasts. In Springer Handbook of Auditory Research 48: The Lateral Line. Coombs et al. (Eds.). New York: Springer. DOI 10.1007/2506_2013_14. PDF

Heinrich, E.C., McHenry, M.J. & Bradley, T.J. (2013) Coordinated ventilation and spiracle activity produce unidirectional airflow in the hissing cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 4473-4482. PDF

Van Trump W. J. and McHenry, M.J. (2013) The lateral line system is not necessary for rheotaxis in the mexican blind cavefish (Astyanax fasciatus). Integrative and Comparative Biology. doi:10.1093/icb/ict064. PDF

Stewart W.J. Cardenas, G.S. & McHenry, M.J. (2013) Zebrafish larvae evade predators by sensing water flow.
Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 388-398. PDF

McHenry, M.J. (2012) When skeletons are geared for speed: the morphology, biomechanics and energetics of rapid animal motion. Integrative and Comparative Biology doi:10.1093/icb/ics111. PDF

McHenry, M.J., Claverie, T., Rosario, M.V. & Patek, S.N. (2012) Gearing for speed slows the predatory strike of a mantis shrimp. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 1231-1245. PDF

McHenry, M.J. & Summers, A. P. (2011) A force-velocity trade off is not absolute. Royal Society Biology Letters doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0627.

McHenry, M.J. (2011) There is no trade-off between force and velocity in a dynamic lever system. Royal Society Biology Letters 7: 384-386. PDF

Korff, W.L., & McHenry, M.J. (2010) Environmental differences in substrate mechanics do not affect running performance in sand lizards. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 122-130. PDF

Stewart, W. & McHenry, M.J. (2010) Sensing the strike of a predator fish depends on the specific gravity of a prey fish. Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 3769-3777. PDF

Feitl, K.E., Ngo, V., & McHenry, M.J. (2010) Are fish less responsive to a flow stimulus when swimming? 
Journal of Experimental Biology 213:3131-3137. Article featured in “Inside JEB” (doi: 10.1242/ jeb.050773), Smithsonian Magazine (November, 2010), and BBC Wildlife Magazine (July, 2011). PDF

McHenry, M.J., Michel, K.B., Stewart, W., & Muller, U. (2010) Hydrodynamic sensing does not facilitate active drag reduction in the golden shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas).  Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 1309-1319. PDF

Van Trump, W.J., Coombs, S., Duncan, K., & McHenry, M.J. (2010) Gentamicin is ototoxic to all hair cells in the fish lateral line system. Hearing Research 261: 42-50. PDF




Free, B.A., McHenry, M.J. & Paley, D.A. (2018) Non-deterministic predator-prey model with accelerating prey. Proceedings of the American Control Conference.

Free, B., Lei, H., Sharif, M.A., McHenry, M.J. & Paley, D.A. (2017) Closed-loop position control relative to a spiral vortex using bio-inspired pressure and velocity sensors. American Control Conference, doi10.23919/ACC.2017.7963010.

M. A. Sharif*, M. J. McHenry, and X. Tan. (2017) Modeling of a bio-inspired canal-type lateral line system.  Volume 1: Development and Characterization of Multifunctional Materials; Mechanics and Behavior of Active Materials; Bioinspired Smart Materials and Systems; Energy Harvesting; Emerging Technologies, Snowbird, Utah, Paper SMASIS2017-3756. doi:10.1115/SMASIS2017-3756.

Lei, H., Sharif, M.A., Paley, D.A. McHenry, M.J., & Tan, X. (2016) Performance improvement of IPMC flow sensors with a biologically-inspired cupula structure. Proc. SPIE 9798 doi:10.1117/12.2219574. PDF




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