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Paig-Tran, EW Misty

Associate Professor of Biological Science

Biological Science

Office: 657-278-5921

Department: 657-278-3614



As a marine biologist and comparative biomechanist, Misty Paig-Tran's research uses a blend of anatomy and engineering techniques to answer biological questions about performance in marine animals. Much of this research stems from observing animals in their natural habitat and then recreating the anatomy in the laboratory. Her research interests include: • Evolution and performance of filter-feeding in marine fishes (sharks and rays) • Function and biomaterials of deep sea fish bones (dragonfish and hatchetfish) • Evolution and development of hyperostosis in marine fishes (oarfishes) • Mechanical performance of bone in tunas and their relatives • Evolution of teeth (denticles) on gill arches and shark reproductive structures • Building new armor based on fish scales (armored catfish, poachers, polypterids, sygnathids). She holds Ph.D. from the University of Washington.

Areas of Knowledge:
  • Biomechanics
  • Fish biology
  • Sharks and rays
  • Marine biology

  • Biological Science

  • Central America
  • North America
  • Oceanic/Australia