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About Anabela M Maia

My main research interest focuses on functional and ecological morphology. I have chosen to work with locomotion, concentrating on the aquatic realm. I use functional morphology to elucidate the evolution of locomotion mechanics. I am particularly interested in the role of fins and other control surfaces during unsteady locomotion. I employ techniques that enable three dimensional conformation analyses of fins and fluid dynamics. In addition, I am also interested in the physiology and function of the musculoskeletal system and in material properties of fish appendages.


Present Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University ‐ Biological Sciences
Present Functional Morphologist, Eastern Illinois University ‐ Biological Sciences


Research Interests

Biological Sciences and Functional and Ecological Morphology

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Professional Service and Affiliations

2017 - Present Member, American Elasmobranch Society (AES)
2017 - Present Member, American Society of Biomechanics (ASB)
2017 - Present Member, International Society of Vertebrate Morphology (ISVM)
2017 - Present Member, Portuguese-American Post-Graduate Society (PAPS)
2017 - Present Member, Sigma Xi
2017 - Present Member, Society of Experimental Biology (SEB)
2017 - Present Member, Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
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Honors and Awards

  • Merit Scholarship - Best GPA in Animal Biology (2002) - University of Lisbon
  • Merit Scholarship - Best GPA in Animal Biology (2003) - University of Lisbon
  • Merit Scholarship - Best Graduating Students in School of Sciences (2004) - University of Lisbon
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award (2008) - Department of Biology, University of Rhode Island
  • Graduate Student Fellowship (2011) - University of Rhode Island
  • Award for Best Dissertation in STEM Areas (2011) - University of Rhode Island
  • Fulbright Scholarship (2006-2011) - University of Rhode Island


  • BIO 2210-005
  • BIO 2210-005 LAB
  • BIO 2210-007/8
  • BIO 2210-007 LAB
  • BIO 2210-008 LAB


2011 PhD, University of Rhode Island ‐ Biological Sciences
2004 BSc, University of Lisbon, Portugal ‐ Biology Applied to Animal Resources

Contact Information

Office: 1013 - Life Science
Phone: 217-581-6360
Office hours: Tuesday Thursday 2-3 pm


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