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About Austin M. Garner

I am a PhD student in the Integrated Bioscience PhD Program at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. I am currently studying gecko adhesion and adhesive locomotion under conditions relevant to gecko ecology with co-advisors Dr. Peter Niewiarowski (Department of Biology) and Dr. Ali Dhinojwala(Department of Polymer Science). More specifically, I am interested in further understanding how morphological variation at both the micro- and macro-scale can have differential effects on adhesive and/or locomotor performance under a variety of environmental conditions. Recent projects of mine include: the effect of water on gecko adhesive locomotion and the effect of partial claw clipping on the adhesive force of Anolis sagrei


May 2016 - Present Teaching Assistant, The University of Akron Department of Biology

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Charlotte Magnum Student Support Award (Society for Integrated and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting)
  • Professional Enrichment Grant (University of Akron)
  • Company of Biologists Travel Grant (Society for Experimental Biology)
  • Best Overall Poster (Department of Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium)


  • Digital Skills for Biologists (Teaching Assistant)
  • Herpetology (Teaching Assistant)
  • Foundations of Physiology Lab I (Teaching Assistant)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I (Teaching Assistant)
  • Principles of Biology II Lab (Teaching Assistant)
  • General Ecology (Teaching Assistant)
  • Biomimetic Design (Teaching Assistant)


May 2016 - Present PhD in Integrated Bioscience, The University of Akron ‐ Department of Biology
August 2012 - May 2016 Bachelor of Science in Biology, The University of Akron ‐ Department of Biology

Contact Information

Office: ASEC E511


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