Oceanside Oarfish 2013
Oceanside Oarfish 2013
Whale shark feeding in Holbox, Mexico. JEB cover shot (2011). Photo by Louise Murray.
Whale shark feeding in Holbox, Mexico. JEB cover shot (2011). Photo by Louise Murray.

As a comparative biomechanist, my research uses a blend of anatomy, experimental engineering, and physiology techniques to answer large scale biological questions about feeding performance and movement in vertebrate systems.  A principle goal of my work is to elucidate how the function of a system is predicted by its form.

 

Research interests - 

Evolution of filter-feeding in marine vertebrates (emphasis on elasmobranch and amphibian systems).

 

Structure and material properties of deep sea fishes.

 

Development of hyperostosis in marine fishes.

 

Evolution of branchial structures in durophagous fishes.

 

In the news

JEB. 2011
JEB. 2011

Science Friday NPR Oarfish 2014

http://www.sciencefriday.com/video/07/24/2014/oarfish-the-ultimate-fish-tale.html

 

Clearing and staining 

http://blogs.kqed.org/science/2014/01/07/stunning-fish-skeletons-serve-science-and-art/

 

Crowd funding

https://asunews.asu.edu/20140106-imaging-future

 

2013 Oarfish work

PBS Interview

http://video.pbssocal.org/video/2365116093/

 

New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/science/earth/oarfish-offer-chance-to-study-an-elusive-animal-long-thought-a-monster.html?pagewanted=2&_r=2&hp&

 

Nature article 

http://www.nature.com/news/oarfish-s-misfortune-is-scientists-boon-1.14040

 

Fullerton

http://www.dailytitan.com/2014/05/assistant-biology-professor-studies-oarfish/

http://news.fullerton.edu/2013fa/oarfish-scan.asp

http://news.fullerton.edu/2013fa/oarfish.asp

http://www.dailytitan.com/2013/10/csuf-professor-studies-oarfish-remains/

http://www.dailytitan.com/2013/12/csuf-marine-biologist-makes-waves-in-oarfish-research/

 

UCLA

http://today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/radiologists-reveal-structure-249546.aspx?link_page_rss=249546

 

2013 Six-gill shark research

Pictures

http://www.science.fau.edu/sharklab/pages/fhl_6_gill_shark/index.html

San Juan islander article

http://www.sanjuanjournal.com/news/213391481.html

 

Mantas and whale shark research 

2013 California State University Press release & full article - Devil ray research

http://news.fullerton.edu/2013fa/mantra-ray-study.asp

http://contentstore.fullerton.edu/news/2013fa/rays-study-paig-tran%20.asp

 

2013 San Juan Islander

http://www.sanjuanislander.com/columns/tide-bites/7279-how-do-fish-get-so-big-when-they-are-eating-something-so-small

 

2013 University of Washington press: 

http://www.washington.edu/news/2013/09/19/mantas-devil-rays-butchered-for-apothecary-trade-now-identifiable/

 

2013 American Microscopical Society: http://amicros.org/?page_id=534

 

2013 Friday Harbor Laboratories feature:  http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/enews/winter2013/misty.html

  

2011 Inside JEB Feature: 

http://jeb.biologists.org/content/214/10/iii.full?sid=15d40910-ebf1-449c-81ad-fdc564782013

 

2011 American Elasmobranch Societyhttp://elasmo.org/pastawardwinners.php

 

2010 UCI COSMOS program

http://news.uci.edu/features/summer-by-the-numbers/

http://www.cosmos.uci.edu/news09-week1.html

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ucirvine/8638041959/

 

I am affiliated with Manta.org. Please visit this site to learn more about other ongoing manta ray research.

For a link to my work from FHL visit 

http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/enews/winter2013/misty.html

 

All images on this website belong to Misty Paig-Tran, The Journal of Experimental Biology, and the Journal of Morphology. Please feel free to use these images for presentations as long as you give me credit. No images may be shared for other purposes, including websites, without my permission.