Assistant Professor of Biology
- PhD, Biology (emphasis on Biomechanics), Clemson University, 2013
- MA, Biology (emphasis on Biomechanics), Clemson University, 2007
- BA, Biomedical Sciences, St. Cloud State University, 2004
- Assistant Professor: University of Lynchburg, 2014-present
- Fixed-term Assistant Professor: St. Cloud State University, MN, 2013-2014
- Adjunct Instructor: University of St. Thomas, MN, 2012-2013
(Asterisks indicate undergraduate contributors)
- Maie, T., Meyer, S.*, Schoenfuss, H.L., Blob, R.W. (2014). Feeding performance of the Hawaiian sleeper, Eleotris sandwicensis (Gobioidei: Eleotridae): correlations between predatory functional modulation and selection pressures on prey. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 111: 359-374.
- Schoenfuss, H.L., Maie, T., Moody, K.N., Lesteberg, K.E.*, Blob, R.W., Schoenfuss, T.C. (2013). Stairway to heaven: evaluating levels of biological organization correlated with the successful ascent of natural waterfalls in the Hawaiian stream goby Sicyopterus stimpsoni. PLOS ONE 8(12): e84851. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084851
- Maie, T., Schoenfuss, H.L., Blob, R.W. (2013). Musculoskeletal determinants of pelvic sucker function in Hawaiian stream gobiid fishes: interspecific comparisons and allometric scaling. Journal of Morphology 274: 733-742.
- Cullen, J.A.*, Maie, T., Schoenfuss, H.L., Blob, R.W. (2013). Evolutionary novelty versus exaptation: Oral kinematics in feeding versus climbing in the waterfall-climbing Hawaiian goby Sicyopterus stimpsoni. PLOS ONE 8(1): e53274. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053274
- Maie, T., Schoenfuss, H.L., Blob, R.W. (2012). Performance and scaling of a novel locomotor structure: adhesive capacity of climbing gobiid fishes. Journal of Experimental Biology 215: 3925-3936.
- Maie, T., Meister, A.B.*, Leonard, G.L*., Schrank, G.D., Blob, R.W., Schoenfuss, H.L. (2011). Jaw muscle fiber type distribution in Hawaiian gobioid stream fishes: histochemical correlations with feeding ecology and behavior. Zoology 114: 340-347.
- Gosnell, W.C., Butcher, M.T., Maie, T., Blob, R.W. (2011). Femoral loading mechanics in the Virginia opossum, Didelphis virginiana: torsion and mediolateral bending in mammalian locomotion. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 3455-3466.
- Blob, R.W., Kawano, S.M., Moody, K.N., Bridges, W.C., Maie, T., Ptacek, M.B., Julius, M.L., Schoenfuss, H.L. (2010). Morphological selection and the evaluation of potential tradeoffs between escape from predators and the climbing of waterfalls in the Hawaiian stream goby Sicyopterus stimpsoni. Integrative Comparative Biology 50: 1185-1199.
Professional Associations and Affiliations
- American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (ASIH)
- International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM)
- Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB)
- Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II
- Vertebrate Anatomy
- Student and Instructor-based research
My research centers on the biomechanics of the vertebrate musculoskeletal system, focusing on the following objectives:
- Gaining knowledge of the form and function of organisms, thereby contributing to a greater understanding of how the diverse organisms and their body systems work
- Evaluating how form and function (e.g., muscle physiology) are reflected in the life history, behavior, and evolution of organisms in order to explain how the organisms adapt to environmental variation and changes during ontogeny
- Understanding fundamental principles that govern the eco-morphology, eco-physiology, pathophysiology and history of organisms.
One primary area of my research focuses on the anatomy, physiology, and genetics of waterfall-climbing goby fish species from the Hawaiian Islands to evaluate (1) how natural selection operates on form and function, and (2) how functional traits enable species to survive in the face of strong environmental demands.
For my PhD research, I specifically examined the functional performance of this distinctive group of fishes in the context of two primary environmental demands: surviving predation and migratory locomotion. In addition to the studies on the Hawaiian fishes, I am currently investigating the following:
- Effect of mining-influenced water on fish vertebrae and swimming performance
- Scaling of feeding biomechanics in pike species (esocids)