My new paper addresses the evolution of hagfish slime thread and the thread cells. It shows the largest cell size allometry in animals known. The results suggest a significant impact from body size-related selection (via predator-prey interactions) for the evolution of slime threads. See interviews by The Scientists and SYFY Wire.
We showed cells with distinctive motilities can move together with a division of labor https://www.nature.com/articles/s42003-020-01300-w
new manuscript explaining the connection between post-hatch dispersal into tree canopies and the evolution of gliding in nymphs of Extatosoma tiaratum, a stick insect native to coastal Queensland. https://jeb.biologists.org/content/223/19/jeb226266
This manuscript covers: (1) relative abundance of flight morphs (here determined by wing and body sizes) in stick insects, and (2) evolutionary correlation between key morphological variables, with sexual dimorphism incorporated. This work paved the ground for understanding the diversity of flight morphology in stick insects and provided a template for addressing insect flight biomechanics