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Using μCT to Study Amphibian Morphology and Systematics
The goal of this 4-VA grant is to advance research competitiveness and provide opportunities for Virginia students to gain research skills and experience with advanced 3D imaging technologies.
David S. McLeod Assistant Professor of Biology
Cao Guohua Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences
This collaboration brings together expertise from the fields of amphibian morphology and systematics (McLeod) and high-resolution x-ray micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) imaging technology (Cao). The use of 3D imaging in the study of amphibian morphology and systematics represents an emerging field of research that is revealing novel insights into the structure, function, and evolution of these organisms. From a global perspective, this research is important because amphibians are model organisms in a variety of studies, are considered sensitive indicators of environmental change, and are key players in ecosystems around the world. This mini-grant will position both JMU and VT to apply for federal NSF and/or NIH funding as well as future 4-VA scale-up funding to continue and expand the project.