Earlier this year, I was invited by Integrative and Comparative Biology (ICB) to write a perspective piece to be featured alongside published manuscripts from one of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology’s (SICB) Annual Meeting Symposia. The symposium, entitled “The path less traveled: Reciprocal illumination of gecko adhesion by unifying material science, biomechanics, ecology, and evolution“, was organized by Drs. Tim Higham (UC Riverside), Alyssa Stark (Villanova University), and Anthony Russell (University of Calgary).
The perspective focuses on the relatively understudied anoline fibrillar adhesive system and suggests that parallel investigation of it may not only enhance our general understanding of fibrillar adhesion, but also the evolution and ecology of adhesive pad-bearing lizards. I wrote this perspective with co-authors Michael Wilson (University of Akron), Dr. Anthony Russell (University of Calgary), Dr. Ali Dhinojwala (University of Akron), and Dr. Peter Niewiarowski (University of Akron). Please click the link below for the accepted manuscript!