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I'm a biologist originally from Taiwan who now study Ph.D in OEB program at UMass, USA. I recieved my BS degree in Zoology at National Taiwan University in 2005, then obtained my MS degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at National Taiwan University in 2009. In my master research, I studied the funtion of the sesamoid bone on the second thoracic vertebra in shrews. I worked with Dr. Lee on shrews' behavior and cooperated with Dr. Lu on biomechanical analysis of musculoskeletal system. Now I work with Dr. Dumont on the burrowing mechanism of American moles at UMass since 2011.
I am interested in the interdisciplinary research, especially the combination of biology and physics. I love sports which inspire my interests in biomechanics and functional morphology, which is a discipline investigating how the anatomical forms affect biomechnical performance. In my Ph.D study, I work on the burrowing mechanism of moles. I ask 1) how the morphological modifications, especially the unique humeri and tendon-ligamentous system, promote the efficiency of this high energy-consuming locomotion and 2) how these changes consequently affect the digging behaviors and geographic distributions among different mole species.
Yi-Fen Lin Ph.D
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
321 Morrill Science Center II, Amherst, MA 01003
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