Publications

Journal Articles

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The evolution of two distinct strategies of moth flight
Brett R. Aiello, Usama Bin Sikandar, Hajime Minoguchi, Burhanuddin Bhinderwala, Chris A. Hamilton, Akito Y. Kawahara, Simon Sponberg
J. R. Soc. Interface. 18:20210632 (2021)

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An information theoretic method to resolve millisecond-scale spike timing precision in a comprehensive motor program
Joy PutneyTobias NieburRachel ConnSimon Sponberg
 (2021)

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Consistent coordination patterns provide near perfect behavior decoding in a comprehensive motor program for insect flight
Joy Putney, Marko Angjelichinoski, Robert Ravier, Silvia Ferrari, Vahid Tarokh, & Simon Sponberg
 (2021)

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Spatial distribution of campaniform sensilla mechanosensors on wings: form, function, and phylogeny
Brett R Aiello, Kathryn E Stanchak, Alison I Weber, Tanvi Deora, Simon Sponberg, Bingni W Brunton
Current Opinion in Insect Science, 48, pp. 8-17 (2021)

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Rapid frequency modulation in a resonant system: aerial perturbation recovery in hawkmoths
Jeff Gau, Ryan Gemilere, LDS-VIP (FM subteam), James Lynch, Nick Gravish, Simon Sponberg
Proc. R. Soc. B. 288: 20210352 (2021)

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Adaptive shifts underlie the divergence in wing morphology in bombycoid moths


Brett R. Aiello, Milton Tan, Usama Bin Sikandar, Alexis J. Alvey, Burhanuddin Bhinderwala, Katalina C. Kimball, Jesse R. Barber, Chris A. Hamilton, Akito Y. Kawahara, Simon Sponberg

Proc. R. Soc. B. 288:20210677 (2021)


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A mechanism for sarcomere breathing: volume change and advective flow within the myofilament lattice


J.A. Cass, C.D. Williams, T.C. Irving, E. Lauga, S. Malingen, T.L. Daniel, S.N. Sponberg
Biophysical Journal (2021)

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Dimensional analysis of spring-wing systems reveals performance metrics for resonant flapping-wing flight


James Lynch, Jeff Gau, Simon Sponberg, Nick Gravish
J. R. Soc. Interface 18: 20200888. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2020.0888 (2021)

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Wing damage affects flight kinematics but not flower tracking performance in hummingbird hawkmoths


Klara Kihlström, Brett Aiello, Eric Warrant, Simon Sponberg, Anna Stöckl.


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Functional diversity from generic encoding in insect campaniform sensilla


Bradley H Dickerson, Jessica L Fox, and Simon Sponberg 
Current Opinion in Physiology 2021, 21:194–203

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Tune T; Ma W; Irving T; Sponberg S. “Nanometer-scale structure differences in the myofilament lattice spacing of two cockroach leg muscles correspond to their different functions” Journal of Experimental Biology.

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Libby T; Chukwuake C; Sponberg S. “History-dependent perturbation response in limb muscle” Journal of Experimental Biology 2020 223: Jeb199018 doi: 10.1242/jeb.199018 (2020)

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Gau J; Gravish N; Sponberg S.Indirect actuation reduces flight power requirements in Manduca sexta via elastic energy exchange J. R. Soc. Interface.1620190543  (2019)

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Putney J; Conn R; Sponberg S. “Precise timing is ubiquitous, consistent, and coordinated across a comprehensive, spike-resolved flight motor program” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116 (52) 26951-26960; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1907513116 (2019)

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Izaak D. Neveln; Amoolya Tirumalai; Simon Sponberg. “Information-based centralization of locomotion in animals and robots” Nature Communications. 10, 3655 (2019).

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Matthews, M; Sponberg, S. “Hawkmoth flight in the unsteady wakes of flowers” Journal of Experimental Biology. 221(22): 179259. 2018.

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Sober, S; Sponberg, S; Nemenman, I; Ting, L “Millisecond spike timing codes for motor control.” Trends in Neuroscience. 41(10): 644-648. 2018.

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Sponberg, S. “The emergent physics of animal locomotion” Physics Today. 70(9): 34-40. 2017.

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Stöckl, A.; Kihlström, K.; Chandler, G. S.; Sponberg, S. “Comparative analysis of flower tracking performance in three hawkmoth species reveals adaptations for dim light vision.” Phil. Trans Roy Soc. B – Special issue on Vision in Low Light Environments. 372(1717): 20160078-9. 2017.

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Roth, E.; Hall, R. W.; Daniel, T. L., Sponberg, S. “The integration of parallel mechanosensory and visual pathways resolved through sensory conflict.PNAS. 133(45): 12832-12837. 2016.

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Sponberg, S.; Dyhr, J. P.; Hall, R. W.; Daniel, T. L. “Luminance-dependent visual processing enables moth flight in low light.Science. 348:1245-1248. (2015).

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Mongeau, J. M.; Sponberg, S.; Miller, J. P.; Full, R. J. "Sensory processing within antenna enables rapid implementation of feedback control for high-speed running maneuvers.J. Exp. Biology. 18(15):2344–54. (2015).

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Sponberg, S.; Daniel, T. L.; Fairhall, A. L. “Dual dimensionality reduction reveals independent encoding of motor features in a muscle synergy for insect flight control
.PLOS Comp. Biology. 11(4):e1004168-23. (2015).

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Cowan, N. J., Ankarali, M. M., Dyhr, J. P., Madhav, M. S., Roth, E., Sefati, S., Sponberg, S.; Stamper, S. A.; Fortune, E. S.; Daniel, T. L. “Feedback Control as a Framework for Understanding Tradeoffs in Biology.Int. Comp. Biol. 54(2): 223-237. (2014).

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Roth, E.*; Sponberg, S.*; Cowan, N. J. “A comparative approach to closed-loop computation.Curr Opin Neurobio, 25: 54-62. (2014).  (* denotes equal contributions).

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Sponberg, S. and Daniel, T.L. “Abdicating power for control using precision timing strategies to modulate function of power muscles.Proc Roy Soc B. 279(1744):3958-66. (2012).

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George, N.T.; Sponberg, S., Daniel, T.L. “Temperature gradients drive mechanical energy gradients in the flight muscle of Manduca sexta.J. Exp. Biology, 215: 471-479. (2012). JEB outstanding paper of the year for 2012.

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Pyenson, N; Sponberg, S. “Reconstructing body size in extinct crown Cetacea using multivariate independent contrasts and tests from the fossil record.J. Mammalian Evolution. 18(4): 269–288. (2011).

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Sponberg, S; Libby, T.; Mullens, C.; Full R. J. “Shifts in a single muscle’s control potential of body dynamics are determined by mechanical feedback.Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B. 366(1570): 1606-1620. (2011).

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Sponberg, S; Spence, A.J.; Mullens, C.; Full R. J. “A single muscle’s multifunctional control potential of body dynamics for postural control and running.Phil. Trans. Royal Soc. B. 366(1570): 1592-1605. (2011).

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Gravish, N.; Wilkinson, M.; Sponberg, S.; Parness, A.; Esparza, N.; Soto, D.; Yamaguchi, T.; Broide, M.; Cutkosky, M.; Creton, C.; Autumn, K. “Rate dependent frictional adhesion in natural and synthetic gecko setae.J. Royal Society: Interface. 7(43): 259-269. (2010).

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Lee, J.; Sponberg, S.; Loh, O.; Lamperski, A.; Full, R. J.; Cowan, N. “Templates and anchors for antenna-based wall following in cockroaches and robots.IEEE Trans. Robotics (Regular Paper): Bio-inspired robotics special issue. 24(1): 130-143. (2008).

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Sponberg, S.; Full R. J. “Neuromechanical response of musculo-skeletal structures in cockroaches during rapid running on rough terrain.J. Exp. Biology, 211: 433-446. (2008).

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Spence, A.J.; Neeves, K.; Murphy, D.; Sponberg, S.; Land, B.R.; Hoy, R.R. and Isaacson, M. “Flexible multielectrodes can resolve multiple muscles in an insect appendage.J Neuroscience Methods, 159(1): 116-124. (2007).

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Autumn, K.; Sitti, M.; Liang, Y.A.; Peattie, A.M.; Hansen, W.R.; Sponberg, S.; Kenny, T.W.; Fearing, R.; Israelachvili, J.N.; Full, R.J.  “Evidence for van der Waals adhesion in gecko setae.PNAS, 99 (19): 12252-12256. [Cover Article]. (2002).

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Conference Proceedings

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Full, R. J. and Sponberg, S. “The reciprocal relationships amongst research, teaching, and learning.Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Reinvention Convention: Transforming the Culture: Undergraduate Education and the Multiple Functions of the Research University. (2007).

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