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Research at St Andrews

Lucía Martina Martín López


Lucía Martina Martín López
Postal address:
Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 46

Research overview

My study area, biomechanics and bioenergetics of diving marine mammals, lies at the intersection of a number of fields within biology as well as incorporating ideas from engineering and physics. I have developed several methods to study the fine-scale biomechanics and energetics of marine mammals using multi-sensor tags. However, these methods have broad application to understanding gaits, locomotion and energetics of many marine and terrestrial taxa. My interest in understanding how animals overcome and exploit forces to move efficiently led me to study the biomechanical strategies of cetacean locomotion. I believe that it is by combining biomechanical and physiological avenues of research that will lead to a better understanding of animal locomotion capabilities.

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