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Andrew J. Clark

Assistant Professor

Address: SCRA 103
Office Hours: By appointment.
Phone: 843.953.4879


Ph.D. – University of California, Irvine

B.S. - University of Maryland

Research Interests

Comparative biomechanics; mechanical properties of biological and synthetic materials; functional morphology of knotting behaviors and jawless biting in hagfishes


Courses Taught

BIO 112: Evolution, Form & Function of Organisms
BIO 321: General and Comparative Physiology
BIO 453: Comparative Biometrics


Clark, Andrew J. and Jeffrey D. Triblehorn. 2014. Mechanical properties of the cuticles of three cockroach species that differ in their wind-evoked escape behavior. PeerJ. 2:e501

Clark, Andrew J. and Adam P. Summers. 2012. Ontogenetic scaling of the morphology and biomechanics of the feeding apparatus in the Pacific hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii. Journal of Fish Biology. 80: 86-99.

Clark, Andrew J. and Timothy E. Higham. 2011. Slipping, sliding, and stability: locomotor strategies for overcoming low-friction surfaces. Journal of Experimental Biology. 214: 1369- 1378.

Fuller, Patrick O., Higham, Timothy E., and Andrew J. Clark. 2011. Posture, speed, and habitat structure: Three-dimensional hindlimb kinematics of two species of padless geckos. Zoology. 114: 104-112.

Clark, Andrew J., Maravilla, Erick J., and Adam Summers. 2010. A soft origin for a forceful bite: motor patterns of the feeding musculature in Atlantic hagfish, Myxine glutinosa. Zoology. 113: 259-268. (COVER)

Clark, Andrew J. and Adam P. Summers. 2009. News and Views: Serpentine Steps. Nature. 459: 919-920.

Britt, Eric J., Clark, Andrew J., and Albert F. Bennett. 2009. Dental morphologies in garter snakes (Thamnophis) and their connection to dietary preferences. Journal of Herpetology. 43: 252-259.

Clark, Andrew J. and Adam P. Summers. 2007. Morphology and kinematics of feeding in hagfish: possible functional advantages of jaws. Journal of Experimental Biology. 210: 3897- 3909.