Rachel A. Frigot

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E-Mail: RFRIGOT1(at)jhmi.edu
Phone: 410-502-0412

1830 E. Monument St., Room 306
Baltimore, MD 21205 USA

  • Education:

  • MSc, Palaeobiology, University of Bristol, 2012
    MSci, BA (Hons), Natural Sciences (Geological Sciences), University of Cambridge, 2009

  • Research Focuses:
  • Pterosaur biomechanics
    Structure and function of bone
    Locomotion and flight
    Finite Element Analysis

    My current research is on biomechanics of pterosaurs, mostly using engineering software to probe how their skeletons peerformed during hypothesised behaviours. This applies to gait, flight and feeding, helping to provide more information on these aspects of their lifestyles. I find this a happy medium between my desires to look at fossils and also to find out how stuff works. Previous research has included macroevolution of pterosaurs.

  • Special Links:
  • Fulbright Scholarship 2012-2013

  • Curriculum Vitae:
  • Available upon REQUEST

  • Publications & Abstracts:
  • Benson, R. B. J.; Frigot, R. A.; Goswami, A.; Andres, B.; Butler, R. J. 2014. Competition and constraint drove Cope's rule in the evolution of giant flying reptiles. Nature Communications 5: 3567. (view from Nature Communications website)

    Frigot, R. A. and Palmer C. 2013. Biomechanical significance of trabecular architecture in pterosaurs. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Program and Abstracts Book: 130A. (Poster presentation)

    Frigot, R. A. and Palmer, C. 2013. Trabecular function in pterosaurs: insights from computer models. Rio Ptero 2013 International Symposium on Pterosaurs, Short Communications: 72. (Platform talk)

  • Faculty Advisor:
  • David Weishampel

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