Dr. Pabst’s lab investigates how the mammalian body is functionally adapted to the marine environment. The lab has focused much of their work on musculoskeletal design and thermoregulatory function in cetaceans. They utilize stranded marine mammals in our research, and employ quantitative morphology techniques, image analysis, and new tools emerging from the field of biomechanics, to pose hypotheses about animal function. The marriage of anatomical and physiological studies has permitted us to gain insight into the evolution of marine mammals by helping to elucidate those morphological features required to survive in the aquatic environment.
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