Andrew J. Clark, Ph.D


Address: RITA 123
Office Hours: By appointment


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
  • BIOL 221L: Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab
  • BIO 321: General and Comparative Physiology
  • BIO 356: Comparative Biomechanics


Schumacher, Erika L., Owens, Brad D., Uyeno, Theodore A., Clark, Andrew J., and Joshua Reece. 2017. No support for Heincke’s Law in hagfish (Myxinidae): lack of an association between body size and the depth of species occurrence. Journal of Fish Biology. 91: 545-557.

Clark, Andrew J., Crawford, Callie H., King, Brooke D., Demas, Andrew M. and Theodore A. Uyeno. 2016. Material properties of hagfish skin with insights into knotting behaviors. Biological Bulletin. 230: 243–256.

Uyeno, Theodore A. and Andrew J. Clark. 2015. Muscle articulations: flexible jaw joints made of soft tissues. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 55: 193-204.

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.