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Laura Habegger, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Teaching is the most rewarding discipline I have encountered throughout my career. I enjoy the interaction with students and any opportunity that can facilitate their learning experience. My teaching philosophy is based on fairness and equality. One of my favorite aspects of teaching is that no class is the same, even when the content may be, each class offers new challenges, questions and opportunities to improve my teaching style.”

My area of expertise is vertebrate functional morphology, I work mostly with fishes from larvae to adults. Some of my work has been on large predators such as billfishes and sharks. I'm interested in interdisciplinary fields such as biomechanics and biomimetics. Most of my work investigates the link among form, function and performance to better understand how feeding works in marine top predators.

I love music and animals.


Ph.D. Biology. University of South Florida (USF). Tampa, Florida. Dissertation title: Feeding morphology and biomechanics in billfishes, 2014

M.S. University of South Florida (USF). Tampa, Florida. Thesis title: Bite force in two top predators, the great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) and bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) during ontogeny, 2009

B.S. University of Buenos Aires (UBA). Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2005

Publications and Exhibitions

Habegger, M.L., Motta, P.J., Dean, M, Huber D., Dunlop, J., Mullins, G., Stokes, M. J. and Winters, D. (2015) Feeding biomechanics in billfish: Inferring the role of the rostrum during feeding in two billfish species J. Exp. Bio

l. Lang, A., Habegger, M.L. and Motta, P. Shark Skin Drag Reduction (2015) In Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology. B. Bhushan (editor). Berlin: Springer

Atkins, A., Dean M.N., Habegger M.L., Motta, P.J., Ofer, L., Repp, F., Weiner, S., Currey, J., Shahar, R. (2014). Remodeling of anosteocytic bone. PNAS 111:16047-16052

Lang, A., Bradshaw, M., Smith, J., Wheelus, J., Motta, P., Habegger, M., Hueter, R. (2014). Movable shark scales act as a passive dynamic micro-roughness to control flow separation. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics

Lang, A., Habegger, M.L. and Motta, P. Shark Skin Drag Reduction (2012) In Encyclopedia of Nanotechnology. B. Bhushan (editor). Berlin: Springer

Habegger, M.L., Motta, P.J., Huber, D.R. and Dean, M.N. (2012). Feeding biomechanics and theoretical calculations of bite force in bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) during ontogeny. Zoology. 115:354-364

Lang, A., Habegger, M.L. and Motta P. (2012). Shark skin boundary layer control. Proc. IMA Workshop Natural Locomotion in Fluids and on Surfaces: Swimming, Flying, and Sliding,” June 1-5, 2010, IMA Volumes in Mathematics and its Applications

Motta, P., Habegger, M.L., Lang, A., Hueter, R., Davis, J. (2012) Scale morphology and flexibility in the shortfin mako Isurus oxyrinchus and the blacktip shark Carcharhinus limbatus. J. Morphology. 273:1096-1110

Lang, A., Motta, P.J., Habegger, M.L., Hueter, R., and Afroz, F. (2011) Shark skin separation control mechanism. Marine Technology Society Journal 45:208-215

Habegger, M.L., Motta, P.J., Huber D.R. and Deban, S. (2010). Feeding biomechanics in the great barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) during ontogeny. J. Exp. Zool. 283:63-72

Motta, P.J., Maslanka, M., Hueter, R.E., Davis, R.L., De la Parra, R., Mulvany, S.L., Habegger, M.L., Strother, J.A., Tyminski, J., Mara, K.R., and J. Gardiner. (2010) Feeding anatomy, filtering rate, and diet of whale shark Rhincodon typus off the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico. Zoology. 113:199-212