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Research Earns the Cover of Journal of Morphology

Biological Science Lecturer Misty Paig-Tran’s Study Focuses on Mantas and Devil Rays

Sept. 26, 2013

Misty Paig-Tran has conducted studies on the filters of mantas and devil rays.

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Misty Paig-Tran's research on manta and devil rays has made the cover of the September issue of the Journal of Morphology. The lecturer in biological science co-authored the article,"The Filter Pads and Filtration Mechanisms of the Devil Rays," which focuses on how manta rays and their smaller cousins, the devil rays, filter plankton by looking at the anatomy of their filters.

Paig-Tran is delving into biomechanics, or the blending of engineering and biology, to answer how organisms interact with the environment. Since manta rays and other rays are harvested for Chinese medicine, her work will help conservationists determine which rays are being targeted.

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