The Garner Organismal Attachment Lab (GOAL) at Syracuse University studies the functional morphology and biomechanics of organismal attachment using geckos, anoles, and sea urchins as model systems. We are primarily interested in how form, function, environment, and behavior interact in these systems, and we employ an integrated and interdisciplinary approach in our field and laboratory investigations. Our works spans the fields of functional morphology, biomechanics, anatomy, materials science, physics, chemistry, ecology, and evolution. We are also interested in using the knowledge gained from our research to inform, improve, and assess the design of bio-inspired synthetic adhesives.
Photo by Brian McMahon on Unsplash I am pleased to report that collaborative research undertaken during my Ph.D. at the University of Akron was recently