Elizabeth Clark



Research Statement

Brittle stars, close relatives of sea stars, coordinate over 1,000 moving parts for rapid locomotion without a brain. I am working in the Ishiguro-Kano Lab to analyze the decentralized control mechanism underlying this unique form of locomotion. We are performing behavioral experiments using live ophiuroids to inform a control hypothesis that will be tested using mathematical and robotic modeling.

Short Biography

Ph.D. candidate at Yale University in the Department of Geology and Geophysics. In my graduate work, I explore the evolution of brittle star locomotion through behavioral experiments and virtual 3D modeling of living and fossil animals.

Other Interests

Yale Peabody Museum tour guide, yoga, travelling, watching basketball