Matt McHenry

Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, 2002, Integrative Biology

Phone: (949) 824-4676
Fax: (949) 824-2181
Email: mmchenry

University of California, Irvine
Department of Ecology & Evolution
5205 McGaugh (Lab: 5346 McGaugh)
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697

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Biomechanics, Locomotion, Sensory Biology
URLs McHenry Lab
Comparative Physiology Group
Appointments The University of Groningen, The Netherlands, 2004 - 2005.
Harvard University, 2002 - 2004.
We use a combination of theory and experimentation to understand animal biomechanics. The current focus of the lab is on understanding how the sensory and motor systems of fish mediate predator-prey interactions.
Publications Downloadable list

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Van Trump, W.J. & McHenry, M.J. (in press) The lateral line system is not necessary for rheotaxis in the mexican blind cavefish (Astyanax fasciatus). Integrative and Comparative Biology.

van Netten S.M. & McHenry, M.J. (in press) The Biophysics of Neuromasts. In The Lateral Line System. Springer Handbook of Hearing Research. Edited by S. Coombs & H. Bleckmann.

McHenry, M.J. & Liao, J.C. (in press) The Hydrodynamics of Flow Sensing. In The Lateral Line System. Springer Handbook of Hearing Research. Edited by S. Coombs & H. Bleckmann.

Stewart W.J. Cardenas, G.S. & McHenry, M.J. (2013) Zebrafish larvae evade predators by sensing water flow. Journal of Experimental Biology.

McHenry, M.J. (2012) When skeletons are geared for speed: the morphology, biomechanics and energetics of rapid animal motion. Integrative and Comparative Biology doi:10.1093/icb/ics111.

McHenry, M.J., Claverie, T., Rosario, M.V. & Patek, S.N. (2012) Gearing for speed slows the predatory strike of a mantis shrimp. Journal for Experimental Biology. 215: 1231-1245.

McHenry, M.J., Claverie, T., Rosario, M.V. & Patek, S.N. (in press) Gearing for speed slows the predatory strike of a mantis shrimp. Journal of Experimental Biology

McHenry, M.J. & Summers, A. P. (2011) A force-velocity trade off is not absolute. ?Royal Society Biology Letters doi:10.1098/rsbl.2011.0627.

McHenry, M.J. (2011) There is no trade-off between force and velocity in a dynamic lever system. ?Royal Society Biology Letters 7: 384-386.

Korff, W.L., & McHenry, M.J. (2010) Environmental differences in substrate mechanics do not affect running performance in sand lizards. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 122-130.

Stewart, W. & McHenry, M.J. (2010) Sensing the strike of a predator fish depends on the specific gravity of a prey fish. Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 3769-3777.

Feitl, K.E., Ngo, V., & McHenry, M.J. (2010) Are fish less responsive to a flow stimulus when swimming? ?Journal of Experimental Biology 213:3131-3137.

McHenry, M.J., Michel, K.B., Stewart, W., & Muller, U. (2010) Hydrodynamic sensing does not facilitate active drag reduction in the golden shiner (Notemigonus crysoleucas).  Journal of Experimental Biology ?213: 1309-1319.

Van Trump, W.J., Coombs, S., Duncan, K., & McHenry, M.J. (2010) Gentamicin is ototoxic to all hair cells in the fish lateral line system. Hearing Research 261: 42-50.

Sane, S. P., McHenry, M.J. (2009) The biomechanics of sensory organs. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49:i8-i23.

Windsor, S.P., & McHenry, M.J. (2009) The influence of viscous hydrodynamics on the fish lateral-line system. Integrative and Comparative Biology 49: 691-701.

McHenry, M.J., Feitl, K.E., Strother, J.A. & Van Trump, W.J. (2009) Larval zebrafish rapidly sense the water flow of a predator’s strike. Royal Society Biology Letters 5: 477-497.

Van Trump, W.J. & McHenry, M.J. (2008). Lateral line morphology and sensitivity in zebrafish larvae (Danio rerio). Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 2105-2115.

McHenry, M.J., Strother, J.S. & van Netten, S.M. (2008). The boundary layer and fluid-structure interaction in the superficial neuromast of the fish lateral line system. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 194: 795-810.

McHenry, M.J. & van Netten, S.M. (2007). The flexural stiffness of superficial neuromasts in the zebrafish ?(Danio rerio) lateral line. Journal of Experimental Biology 210: 4244-4253. Featured cover article.

McHenry, M.J. & Lauder, G.V. (2006). Ontogeny of form and function: locomotor morphology and drag in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Journal of Morphology 267: 1099-1109.

McHenry, M.J. & Lauder, G.V. (2005). The mechanical scaling of gliding in zebrafish (Danio rerio). ?Journal of Experimental Biology 208: 2289-2301.

McHenry, M.J. (2005). The morphology, behavior, and biomechanics of swimming in ascidian larvae. ?Canadian Journal of Zoology 83: 62-74.

McHenry, M.J. & Patek, S.N. (2004). The evolution of body shape and swimming performance in ascidian larvae. Evolution 58:1209-1224.

Long Jr., J.H., Lammert, A.C., Pell, C.A., Kemp, M., Strother, J.S., Crenshaw, H.C. & ?McHenry, M.J. (2004). A navigational primitive: biorobotic implementation of cycloptic helical klinotaxis in planar motion. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering 29: 795-806.

Long, J.H. Jr., Lammert, A.C., Strother, J.S. & McHenry, M.J. (2003).  Biologically-inspired control of perception-action systems:  helical klinotaxis in 2D robots." Proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Unmanned Untethered Submersible Technology (UUST).

McHenry, M.J. & Jed, J. (2003). The scaling of hydrodynamics and swimming performance in jellyfish (Aurelia aurita). Journal of Experimental Biology 206: 4125-4137.

McHenry, M.J. & Strother, J.A. (2003). The kinematics of phototaxis in larvae of the ascidian Aplidium constellatum. Marine Biology 142: 173-184.

McHenry, M.J., Azizi, E., & Strother, J.A. (2003). The hydrodynamics of locomotion at intermediate Reynolds numbers: Undulatory swimming in ascidian larvae (Botrylloides sp.). Journal of Experimental Biology ?206: 327-343.

Hale, M.E., Long, J.H., McHenry, M.J. & Westneat, M.W. (2002). Evolution of behavior and neural control of the fast-start escape response. Evolution 56: 993-1007.

McHenry, M.J. (2001). Mechanisms of helical swimming: asymmetries in the morphology, movement and mechanics of larvae of the ascidian Distaplia occidentalis. Journal of Experimental Biology 204: 2959-2973.

Crenshaw, H.C., Ciampaglio, C.N. & McHenry, M.J. (2000). Analysis of the three-dimensional trajectories of organisms: Estimates of velocity, curvature, and torsion from positional information. ?Journal of Experimental Biology 203: 961-982.

Westneat, M.W., Hale, M.E., McHenry, M.J., & Long, J.H. (1998). Mechanics of the fast-start: muscle function and the role of intramuscular pressure in the escape behavior of Amia calva and Polypterus palmas. ?Journal of Experimental Biology 201: 3041-3055.

Long, Jr., J.H., Hale, M.E., McHenry, M.J. & Westneat, M.W. (1996). Functions of fish skin: the mechanics of steady swimming in longnose gar, Lepisosteus osseus. Journal of Experimental Biology 199:2139-2151.

McHenry, M.J. & Long, J.H. (1995). The effect of rapid temperature change on the swimming of striped bass. Hudson River Foundation Annual Report.

McHenry, M.J., Pell, C.A. & Long, J.H. (1995). Mechanical control of swimming speed: stiffness and axial wave form in an undulatory fish model. Journal of Experimental Biology 198: 2293-2305.

Long, Jr., J.H., McHenry, M.J. & Boetticher, N.C. (1994). Undulatory swimming: how traveling waves are produced and modulated in sunfish (Lepomis gibbosus). Journal of Experimental Biology 192: 129-145.
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