Professor Beth Brainerd
Elizabeth (Beth) Brainerd studies the comparative biomechanics of feeding, lung ventilation and locomotion. She is a Professor of Biology at Brown University and Director of the Functional Morphology and Biomechanics Lab where she leads a team of biologists, engineers and programmers developing XROMM technology for 3D X-ray imaging of bones and joints in motion. She has ongoing XROMM collaborations on nearly every extant class of vertebrate, including sharks, rays, ray-finned fishes, salamanders, frogs, lungfish, marsupial mammals, placental mammals, non-serpentine squamates (“lizards”), snakes, turtles, alligators, and birds. Currently, her primary research themes are lung ventilation in amniotes and suction feeding in ray-finned fishes. Among her numerous honors, Dr. Brainerd is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), has served as President of the International Society for Vertebrate Morphology, and is the currently President-Elect of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.