• 1752 Citations
  • 22 h-Index

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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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Research Output

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

2 Scopus citations

Extreme premaxillary protrusion in the king-of-the-salmon, Trachipterus altivelis

Ferry, L. A., Paig-Tran, E. W., Summers, A. P. & Liem, K. F., Dec 1 2019, In : Journal of Morphology. 280, 12, p. 1865-1870 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Ecophysiology

    Ferry-Graham, L. A. & Gibb, A. C., Jan 1 2018, Encyclopedia of Ecology. Elsevier, p. 346-349 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 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

  • 10 Scopus citations

    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 Scopus citations


    Outstanding Faculty Research

    Ferry, Lara (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)