Stephen Howe



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My name is Stephen Howe, I was born and raised in California obtained my bachelors degree in biology from Westmont College in Santa Barbara CA. I am now part of the University’s Biomimicry fellowship program. I am sponsored Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, and am part of the Astley lab in the Biology department. I am excited to be part of this growing biomimicry community as we seek to integrate sustainable biologically inspired design into each of our respective fields. My research focuses on fish maneuverability, specifically understanding how fish control their maneuvers, how shape influences maneuverability, and how insights from studying live fish can be applied to better control robotic models. I selected the I.B. program for my PhD precisely for the integration. I have found that my talents and interests are not confined to the field of biology, I have come to call myself a biologist with design and engineering tendencies. I feel that as the boundaries of science expand we find that the classical boundaries between disciplines are overlapping and being able to communicate across fields is becoming increasingly important. As the complexity of the issues we face mount so must we expand our minds to function at an interdisciplinary level.

PhD Projects

General Fish Maneuverability
Jun 2017 - Dec 2019--article in prep

Investigating the relationship between body motions and maneuverability. Developing a platform for comparative studies and control of robotic fish models.

Jun 2017 - Current

Robotic fish model based on the morphology and behaviors of live fish. Used to investigate the influence of body shape on maneuverability. Applications for remotely operated vehicles.

The Effects of Body Shape on Maneuverability
Jun 2018 - Current

Comparing the maneuverability of several species of fish with similar swimming modes but different body shapes.

Maneuverability of Elongate Fish
Aug 2019 - Current

Exploring the turning kinematics of elongate fish, fish that can have multiple waves on the body.

Select Papers and Presentations

Parallel behavioral and morphological divergence in fence lizards on two college campuses
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Fossil Doesn't Equal Failiure
Aug 3, 2016
Cleveland Muesum of Natural History

Exploring the biomimetic potential of extinct organisms