Redbreast sunfish (Lepomis auritus), male
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Several species of freshwater sunfishes and basses (Family Centrarchidae) have been used to understand fish physiology, mechanics, ecology, and evolution, creating a strong foundation upon which to ask new questions.
We take advantage of this system to ask:
How do fish integrate swimming (body movement) and feeding (face movement) to successfully capture prey?
How do short and long term influences perturb these interactions? For example, fin damage, inter-individual variation, flow demands, etc.
How does variation in performance behaviors affect interactions with other organisms, including prey, predators, competitors, humans, etc.?