Terrell is always excited to learn animal facts, but he loves to share them even more. He first ate Mud Worms in preschool and thought it would be a good idea to pass on the dessert. It also gave him an excuse to eat gummy worms while learning more animal facts. Watch his cooking video to see more!
Curiosity drives the Socha Lab! We study unique organismal biomechanics and bio-inspired engineering. How snakes fly, how frogs jump, and how insects breathe are just a few of the questions that we try to answer. We visualize movements, big and small, with high-speed cameras and then track and model in 3D space how animals coordinate their limbs or pump fluid (like air or hemolymph) throughout their bodies. Our research can take place in the lab, in the field (places like Australia, Southeast Asia, or even the German Club at Virginia Tech), or at national labs where high-powered synchrotron x-rays enable us to visualize the insides of insects.