Linnea van Griethuijsen
Former Lab Member
BMSc Biology (Animal Biology),
Wageningen University, the Netherlands, 1999-2006
PhD, Tufts University, 2012
I am interested in animal locomotion and how locomotion in different situations
is controlled through the nervous system. I study locomotion in Manduca sexta
caterpillars. Caterpillars are fascinating in terms of locomotion; they use legs
but are softbodied, so many of the vertebrate and insect 'locomotion rules' do
not apply to them. Furthermore, their mechanics are very differently from
hydrostats such as worms. Many aspects of Manduca's nervous system have been
studied extensively, making it a suitable model species to look at locomotion
and the use of sensory feedback.
I am currently looking at the patterns of muscle activation during locomotion
using microelectrodes with multiple recording sites (developed by Cinzia Metallo).
- Simon, M.A., Woods,W.A. Jr., Serebrenik, Y.V., Simon, S.M., van
Griethuijsen, L.I., Socha, J.J., Lee, W.K., Trimmer, B.A.
pistoning in crawling caterpillars. Curr. Biol.,
- van Griethuijsen, L. I. and Trimmer, B. A. (2010) Caterpillar crawling over
irregular terrain: anticipation and local sensing.
J. Comp. Physiol. A., 196, 397-406
- van Griethuijsen, L. I. and Trimmer, B. A. (2009). Kinematics of Horizontal and
Vertical Caterpillar Crawling. J. Exp. Biol.
212, 1455. (open access, to download the article, click
- From my rotation in the Romero lab, Biology Department, Tufts University:
DesRochers, D. W., Reed, J. M., Awerman, J., Kluge, J. A., Wilkinson, J., van
Griethuijsen, L. I., Aman, J. and Romero, L. M.
(2009). Exogenous and Endogenous Corticosterone Alter Feather Quality.
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology,
Part A 152, 46-52.
- From MSc thesis work at Lund University, Sweden:
Hedenström, A., Griethuijsen, L. v., Rosén, M. and Spedding, G. R.
Vortex Wakes of Birds: Recent Developments using Digital Particle Image Velocimetry in a Wind Tunnel.
Animal Biology 56, 535-549.
2008 GWIS Alpha Omega Travel Award
VSB beurs, Netherlands 2006
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