Dr. Judith Nagel-Myers published in the journal Historical Biology | St. Lawrence University Geology

Dr. Judith Nagel-Myers published in the journal Historical Biology

Dr. Judith Nagel-Myers published the results of a project examining how the form of clam shells aids them in withstanding the attacks of crushing predators like stone crabs in the journal Historical Biology.  In collaboration with two colleges from Clarkson’s Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering Ioannis Mastorakos and Philip Yuya they employed Finite Element Analysis to simulate with 3D models the crushing forces to which the shells are exposed and how the generated stresses are distributed across different shell shapes. This work started with the undergraduate thesis of Grant Reeder ’16 who generated the first models and assisted with Nanoindentation analysis of the clam shells to assess the physical properties of the shell materials.

The article can be viewed here https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/I4GTQ5C6DY7JJYEKD45G/full?target=10.1080/08912963.2019.1699555