Fresno Biological Dynamics Studio is a biomechanical
research facility headed by the Müller research group
in the biology department of California State University, Fresno.
We are funded by both CSU Fresno and the National Science
Foundation. Our studio is equipped to record the movements of
animals, plants, and machines in unprecedented
detail, in the lab and in the field; our group members use such
measurements to apply and advance biomechanical theory.
FBDS can help you to record, track, and model the position and shape of an organism in three dimensions. Such data are integral to the study of propulsion mechanisms, prey capture, muscle performance, and control systems; we can also document integrative behaviors such as collective motion (swarming) and predator-prey interactions. If you are interested in using our facilities, please contact Ulrike Müller.
Our main research questions are: How do organisms power and control their motion during turns, leaps, fights, take-offs, and feeding strikes? How are such behaviours shaped and constrained by Newtonian physics? and How do changes in an organism's structural properties and sensory feedback affect control and performance?
We are located on the campus of California State University, Fresno.