Gabriel Rivera, Ph.D.

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Iowa State University, Ames, IA, United States 
Ecomorphology and vertebrate locomotion
"Gabriel Rivera"
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Alan H. Savitzky grad student 2000-2003 Old Dominion University (Evolution Tree)
Richard W. Blob grad student 2003-2009 Clemson University
 (Hydrodynamics of freshwater turtles: Maneuverability, stability, and effects of shell shape.)
Dean C. Adams post-doc 2010- Iowa State (Evolution Tree)
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Mayerl CJ, Sansone AM, Stevens LM, et al. (2018) The impact of keels and tails on turtle swimming performance and their potential as models for biomimetic design. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. 14: 016002
Blob RW, Mayerl CJ, Rivera AR, et al. (2016) "On the Fence" versus "All in": Insights from Turtles for the Evolution of Aquatic Locomotor Specializations and Habitat Transitions in Tetrapod Vertebrates. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 56: 1310-1322
Rivera G, Davis JN, Godwin JC, et al. (2014) Repeatability of Habitat-Associated Divergence in Shell Shape of Turtles Evolutionary Biology. 41: 29-37
Rivera G, Stayton CT. (2013) Effects of asymmetry on the strength of the chelonian shell: a comparison of three species. Journal of Morphology. 274: 901-8
Husak JF, Ribak G, Baker RH, et al. (2013) Effects of ornamentation and phylogeny on the evolution of wing shape in stalk-eyed flies (Diopsidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 26: 1281-93
Rivera AR, Rivera G, Blob RW. (2013) Forelimb kinematics during swimming in the pig-nosed turtle, Carettochelys insculpta, compared with other turtle taxa: rowing versus flapping, convergence versus intermediacy. The Journal of Experimental Biology. 216: 668-80
Rivera G, Stayton CT. (2011) Finite element modeling of shell shape in the freshwater turtle Pseudemys concinna reveals a trade-off between mechanical strength and hydrodynamic efficiency. Journal of Morphology. 272: 1192-203
Rivera G, Rivera AR, Blob RW. (2011) Hydrodynamic stability of the painted turtle (Chrysemys picta): effects of four-limbed rowing versus forelimb flapping in rigid-bodied tetrapods. The Journal of Experimental Biology. 214: 1153-62
Dougherty E, Rivera G, Blob R, et al. (2010) Hydrodynamic stability in posthatchling loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles. Zoology (Jena, Germany). 113: 158-67
Gosnell JS, Rivera G, Blob RW. (2009) A phylogenetic analysis of sexual size dimorphism in Turtles Herpetologica. 65: 70-81
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