1990: B.S. Biology, B.A. History, Pacific Lutheran University
1998-2001: NIH Postdoctoral Fellow, Concord
Field Station, Harvard
1. Biomechanics and neuromuscular control of vertebrate locomotion
2. Musculoskeletal design, physiology and evolution
3. Ecological and evolutionary transitions between aquatic and terrestrial environments
4. Functional morphology of vertebrate feeding system
Gillis, G.B., Bonvini , L.A. and D.J. Irshick. In Press. Losing stability: the impact of caudal autotomy on jumping in the arboreal lizard Anolis carolinensis. J. Exp. Biol.
Gillis, G.B. 2007. The role of hindlimb flexor muscles during swimming in the toad, Bufo
Gillis, G.B., *Flynn, J.P. McGuigan, P. and A.A. Biewener. 2005. Patterns of strain and
Gillis, G.B. and A.A. Biewener. 2003. The importance of functional plasticity in the design and control of the vertebrate musculoskeletal system. In Vertebrate Biomechanics and Evolution (ed. V.L. Bels, J.P. Gasc, and A. Casinos). Bios Scientific Publishers Ltd., Oxford.
Azizi, E. G.B. Gillis, and E.L. Brainerd. 2002. Morphology and mechanics of myosepta in a swimming salamander (Siren lacertina). Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A. 133:967-978.
Gillis, G.B. and A.A. Biewener. 2002. Effects of surface grade on proximal hindlimb muscle strain and activation during rat locomotion. J. Appl. Physiol. 93:1731-1743.
Ashley-Ross, M.A. and G.B. Gillis. 2002. A brief history of functional morphology. Integ. and Comp. Biol. 42: 183-189.
Gillis, G.B. and R.W. Blob. 2001. How muscles accommodate movement in different physical environments: aquatic versus terrestrial locomotion. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A. 131:61-75.
Gillis, G.B. and A.A. Biewener. 2001. Hindlimb muscle function in relation to speed and gait: in vivo patterns of strain and activation in a hip and knee extensor of the rat (Rattus norvegicus). J. Exp. Biol. 204:2717-2731.
Gillis, G.B. and A.A. Biewener. 2000. Hindlimb extensor muscle function during jumping and swimming in the toad (Bufo marinus). J. Exp. Biol. 203:3547-3563.
Gillis, G.B. 2000. Patterns of muscle activity during terrestrial locomotion in the American eel (Anguilla rostrata). J. Exp. Biol. 203:471-480.
Popular Science Publications
2008 Are the kids weighing you down? J. Exp. Biol. 211 (17) iv.
2008 Shifting shape improves escape. J. Exp. Biol. 211 (5) vii.
2007 Stressed lizards run further. J. Exp. Biol. 210 (23) vi.
2007 Snail trails. J. Exp. Biol. 210 (17) iv.
2007 Fast fathers father more. J. Exp. Biol. 210 (11) vi.
2007 Chimp power. J. Exp. Biol. 210 (3) iv.
2006 How to tell whose bite is biggest. J. Exp. Biol. 209 (21) v-vi.
2006 Big jumpers can’t last. J. Exp. Biol. 209 (15) iv.
2006 Not your typical baby’s rattle. J. Exp. Biol. 209 (9) v.
2006 We got the beat. J. Exp. Biol. 209 (3) iv.
2005 Flying lizards fall fast. J. Exp. Biol. 208 (21) v.
2005 Look out below. J. Exp. Biol. 208 (15) vi.
2005 Sticky but clean. J. Exp. Biol. 208 (8) v.
2005 Snakes eating more than their tails. J. Exp. Biol. 208 (3) v.
2004 Leaping lizards. J. Exp. Biol. 207 (23) v.
2004 Swinging is more costly than we thought. J. Exp. Biol. 207 (11) v-vi.
2004 Walk on four legs not on two. J. Exp. Biol. 207:713-714.
2003 Row, row, row, your wings. J. Exp. Biol. 206:4187.
2003 Pedestrians pay to push. J. Exp. Biol. 206:2907.
2003 Swimming with the larval fishes. J. Exp. Biol. 206:1768.
2003 Evolving couch-potatoes and endurance athletes. J. Exp. Biol. 206:790.
2003 Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle. By Steven
Vogel. Quarterly Review of Biology. 78:87.