In vivo research on the vertebrate feeding system
uses bone strain, electromyography, videofluoroscopy and 3-D
kinematic techniques to test hypotheses regarding the functional
significance of variation in the morphology and function of
the feeding system. I am currently investigating the scaling
of safety factors and temporal variables in feeding kinematics
and kinetics in primates to determine whether common principles
apply to the locomotor and feeding systems. This includes questions
regarding the modulation of motor activity during chewing and
swallowing, performance costs, and common principles governing
scaling of skeletal systems.
Further information on Callum Ross' research.