The Squid Squad @ F&M



I have broad interests in the evolution and function of skeletal support systems, especially those found in soft-bodied aquatic invertebrates.  With undergraduate collaborators, I investigate how the physiology and mechanics of the muscles and connective tissues of the skeletal support system, body geometry, and the physics of animal-fluid interactions drive locomotory tradeoffs over ontogenetic (i.e., growth and development to sexual maturity) and evolutionary timescales.  My students and I are also investigating the contractile properties of obliquely striated muscles - a ubiquitous, though largely ignored, muscle cell type that appears to have evolved in parallel at least five times in different groups of soft-bodied invertebrates.  Although not the only animals we study, squid are a lab favorite!  Please check out the other parts of the web site for more information.

Contact info:  Department of Biology, Franklin & Marshall College, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003.

Welcome to the Thompson Lab!

“...It swam crossways in the direction of the Nautilus with great speed, watching us with its enormous staring green eyes.  Its eight arms, or rather feet, fixed to its head, that have given the name of cephalopod to these animals, were twice as long as its body, and were twisted like the furies’ hair.”  - Jules Verne (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea)

“Gravity is a cruel mistress.”  - The Tick

Joseph T. Thompson holds the copyright to all the photos displayed on this page.