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Research interests

Dr. Ferry's research is within the field called Functional Morphology. Quite simply, Functional Morphology is the study of organism structure (i.e., anatomy) and function (e.g., how it works in a particular context). Her research uses primarily fishes, the most diverse of all the vertebrates, and is focused in particular on traits/behaviors associated with the jaws, how they function, and why they evolved. Her work includes the study of prey acquisition and processing in diverse species, and how fish generate water flow into the head and over the respiratory structures.

Education/Academic qualification

PHD, University of California-Irvine

… → 1998

MS, San Francisco State University

… → 1994

BS, California State Polytechnic University

… → 1991

Research interests

  • functional morphology
  • anatomy
  • ichthyology
  • physiology
  • ecomorphology
  • biomechanics

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jaws Agriculture & Biology
kinematics Agriculture & Biology
Fishes Medicine & Life Sciences
Biomechanical Phenomena Medicine & Life Sciences
fish Agriculture & Biology
prey capture Earth & Environmental Sciences
Jaw Medicine & Life Sciences
Suction Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 1996 2019

  • 1629 Citations
  • 22 h-Index
  • 48 Article
  • 6 Chapter
  • 1 Editorial
1 Citation (Scopus)

Double-blind peer review—An experiment

Fox, C. W., Thompson, K., Knapp, A., Ferry, L., Rezende, E. L., Aimé, E. & Meyer, J., Jan 1 2019, In : Functional Ecology. 33, 1, p. 4-6 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

6 Citations (Scopus)

Ontogeny of feeding mechanics in smoothhound sharks: Morphology and cartilage stiffness

Wilga, C. A. D., Diniz, S. E., Steele, P. R., Sudario-Cook, J., Dumont, E. R. & Ferry, L., Sep 1 2016, In : Integrative and Comparative Biology. 56, 3, p. 442-448 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

mechanical properties
3 Citations (Scopus)

Presence of repeating hyperostotic bones in dorsal pterygiophores of the oarfish, Regalecus russellii

Paig-Tran, E. W. M., Barrios, A. S. & Ferry, L., Oct 1 2016, In : Journal of Anatomy. 229, 4, p. 560-567 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)

Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics of Feeding in Elasmobranchs

Wilga, C. A. D. & Ferry, L., 2015, Fish Physiology. Elsevier Inc., Vol. 34. p. 153-187 35 p. (Fish Physiology; vol. 34).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Biomechanical Phenomena

Functional Morphology: 'Point and Shoot' Prey Capture in Fishes

Ferry, L., Oct 19 2015, In : Current Biology. 25, 20, p. R982-R984

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle



Outstanding Faculty Research

Lara Ferry (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Projects 2011 2024