• 6 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
20152018
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Personal profile

Personal profile

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) Veterinary Sciences. During my time there, I undertook research projects investigating locomotion of various species. This sparked my interest in biomechanics and led me to a PhD at the University of Idaho in the USA. I completed my PhD in 2016, and began working at Hartpury in January 2017.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the biomechanics of plantigrade species. Plantigrade species are those with their entire foot on the floor (heel/wrist to toe), for example, humans and bears. Many animals, such as horses and dogs, have adaptations that enable them to run particularly fast or for long distances. The biomechanics of these species has been well studied. I am interested in the less studied animals. How does the foot posture of these animals affect their locomotion? This includes locomotor behaviours such as hunting, swimming, and climbing. I use force plates and high speed cameras to analyse the movements of live animals, as well as analysing the shape of bones to understand the underlying morphology. My research to date has focused on bears, but I hope to extend to other carnivorans, including the Hartpury meerkats!

Personal profile

I graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2010 with a BSc (Hons) Veterinary Sciences. During my time there, I undertook research projects investigating locomotion of various species. This sparked my interest in biomechanics and led me to a PhD at the University of Idaho in the USA. I completed my PhD in 2016, and began working at Hartpury in January 2017.

Research interests

My research interests lie in the biomechanics of plantigrade species. Plantigrade species are those with their entire foot on the floor (heel/wrist to toe), for example, humans and bears. Many animals, such as horses and dogs, have adaptations that enable them to run particularly fast or for long distances. The biomechanics of these species has been well studied. I am interested in the less studied animals. How does the foot posture of these animals affect their locomotion? This includes locomotor behaviours such as hunting, swimming, and climbing. I use force plates and high speed cameras to analyse the movements of live animals, as well as analysing the shape of bones to understand the underlying morphology. My research to date has focused on bears, but I hope to extend to other carnivorans, including the Hartpury meerkats!

Education/Academic qualification

Biology, PhD, University of Idaho

20112016

Veterinary Sciences, BSc, The Royal Veterinary College

20072010

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Research Output 2015 2018

  • 6 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Journal Article
  • 1 Poster

Do all bears move the same way? A comparison of locomotor patterns between grizzly and black bears.

Shine, C. & McGowan, C. P., Jul 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Open Access
File
1 Citation (Scopus)

Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) locomotion: forelimb joint mechanics across speed in the sagittal and frontal planes

Shine, C., Robbins, C. T., Nelson, O. L. & McGowan, C. P., 1 Apr 2017, In : Journal of Experimental Biology. 220, 7, p. 1322-1329 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

Open Access
Ursidae
Ursus arctos
Forelimb
locomotion
bear
5 Citations (Scopus)

Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) locomotion: gaits and ground reaction forces.

Shine, C. L., Penberthy, S., Robbins, C. T., Nelson, O. L. & McGowan, C. P., 2015, In : Journal of Experimental Biology. 218, Pt 19, p. 3102-9 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal Article

Open Access
Ursidae
Ursus arctos
locomotion
bear
gait

Activities 2012 2015

  • 2 Membership of learned societies or subject associations

Society of Experimental Biology (External organisation)

Catherine Shine (Member)
20152016

Activity: Membership typesMembership of learned societies or subject associations

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (External organisation)

Catherine Shine (Member)
20122016

Activity: Membership typesMembership of learned societies or subject associations