Applied aspects of locomotion and biomechanics

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Locomotion is the act and process of moving from place to place, which is fundamental to the life history of all mobile organisms. While the field of biomechanics encompasses the study of the physical constraints of what animals are capable of, ecological contexts require an integrated view that includes ecology and behavior. This chapter provides an overview of some of the areas where locomotion and biomechanics of fish movement interface with the rapidly evolving changes that humans impose on aquatic environments. These changes include fundamental alterations to the environment such as altered flows, fragmentation of riverine habitats, and invasive species, but also direct interactions that occur with capture fisheries. We explore each of these areas, considering both challenges and opportunities informed by the study of locomotion and biomechanics, emphasizing how this field can contribute to conservation of fishes in the Anthropocene. We then turn to technology, where important advances are aiding in our understanding of fish movement. In some cases those advances have themselves led to novel technologies, where biomimetic robots and related devices offer novel opportunities, both for conservation and for other pursuits.

Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Applied aspects of locomotion and biomechanics
Chapter 3
DOI 10.1016/bs.fp.2022.04.003
Volume 39
Issue Part A
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Eastern Ecological Science Center
Description 50 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title Fish Physiology
First page 91
Last page 140
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