Jose Iriarte-Diaz, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

jiriarte@uic.edu

Education & Career

  • University of Chicago, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, Postdoctoral scholar at the Ross Lab 2008-2013
  • Brown University, Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2008
  • Universidad de Chile, M.Sc., Biology, 2002
  • Universidad de Chile, B.Sc., Biology, 1998

Research Interests

I am interested in the relationship between morphology and organismal performance, particularly focused on the feeding and locomotor system of vertebrates. In my research I use an integrative approach, combining computational and theoretical models with biomechanical and physiological experiments (e.g., 3D kinematics, electromyography, energetics). I have studied several aspects of animal locomotion, from gait transitions in rodents to flight mechanics in bats, and how overall morphology affects locomotory abilities of organisms. Currently I am working on the biomechanics of feeding in mammals, focused on the relationship between functional complexity and the variability in performance of the feeding apparatus. For more information, visit my website.

Teaching

  • OSCI 590 - Hominid Evolution, Dental Anthropology, and Human Variation

Publications

Craniofacial biomechanics

Porro LB, Metzger KA, Iriarte-Diaz J & Ross CF (2013) In vivo bone strain and finite element modeling of the mandible of Alligator mississippiensis. Journal of Anatomy 222: 195-227

Ross CF, Iriarte-Diaz J & Nunn CL (2012) Innovative approaches to the relationship between diet and mandibular morphology in primates. International Journal of Primatology 33: 632-660

Berthaume MA, Dechow PC, Iriarte-Diaz J, Ross CF, Strait DS, Wang Q & Grosee IR (2012) Probabilistic finite element analysis of a craniofacial finite element model. Journal of Theoretical Biology 300: 242-253

Iriarte-Diaz J, Reed DA & Ross CF (2011) Sources of variance in temporal and spatial aspects of jaw kinematics in two species of primates feeding on foods of different properties. Integrative and Comparative Biology 51: 307-319

Terhune CE, Iriarte-Diaz J, Taylor AB & Ross CF (2011) The instantaneous center of rotation of the mandible in non-human primates. Integrative and Comparative Biology 51: 320-332

Reed DA, Porro LB, Iriarte-Diaz J, Lemberg JB, Holliday CM, Anapol F & Ross CF (2011) The impact of bone and suture material properties on mandibular function in Alligator mississippiensis: testing theoretical phenotypes with finite element analysis. Journal of Anatomy 218: 59-74

Ross CF, Berthaume MA, Dechow PC, Iriarte-Diaz J, Porro LB, Richmond B, Spencer M & Strait D (2011) In vivo bone strain and finite-element modeling of the craniofacial haft in catarrhine primates. Journal of Anatomy 218: 112-141

Bacigalupe LD, Iriarte-Diaz J & Bozinovic F (2002) Functional morphology and geographic variation in the digging apparatus of cururos (Spalacopus cyanus, octodontidae). Journal of Mammalogy 83: 145-152

Bat flight

Iriarte-Diaz J, Riskin DK, Breuer KS & Swartz SM (2012) Kinematic plasticity during flight in fruit bats: individual variability in response to loading. PLoS ONE 7: e36665

Swartz SM, Iriarte-Diaz J, Riskin DK & Breuer KS (2012) A bird? A plane? No, it's a bat: An introduction to the biomechanics of bat flight. In: Evolutionary History of Bats: Fossils, Molecules and Morphology (Gunnell GF & Simmons NB, eds) Cambridge University Press, p. 317-352

Iriarte-Diaz J, Riskin DK, Breuer KS & Swartz SM (2011) Whole-body kinematics of a fruit bat reveal the influence of wing inertia on body accelerations. Journal of Experimental Biology 214: 1546-1553

Canals M, Iriarte-Diaz J & Grossi B (2011) Biomechanical, respiratory and cardiovascular adaptations of bats and the case of the small community of bats in Chile. In: Biomechanics in applications (Klika, V., ed) InTech doi: 10.5772/23599

Riskin DK, Iriarte-Diaz J, Middleton KM, Breuer KS & Swartz SM (2010) The effect of body size on the wing movements of pteropodid bats, with insights into thrust and lift production. Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 4110-4122

Iriarte-Diaz J & Swartz SM (2008) Kinematics of the slow turning maneuvering in the fruit bat Cynopterus brachyotis. Journal of Experimental Biology 211: 3478-3489

Riskin DK, Willis DJ, Iriarte-Diaz J, Hedrick TL, Kostandov M, Chen J, Laidlaw DH, Breuer KS & Swartz SM (2008) Quantifying the complexity of bat wing kinematics. Journal of Theoretical Biology 254: 604-615

Tian X, Iriarte-Diaz J, Middleton KM, Galvao R, Israeli E, Roemer A, Sullivan A, Song A, Swartz SM & Breuer KS (2006) Direct measurements of the kinematics and dynamics of bat flight. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 1: S10-S18

Canals M, Atala C, Grossi B & Iriarte-Diaz J (2005) Relative size of hearts and lungs of small bats. Acta Chiropterologica 7: 65-72

Canals M, Grossi B, Iriarte-Diaz J & Veloso C (2005) Biomechanical and ecological relationships of wing morphology of eight Chilean bats. Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 78: 215-227

Iriarte-Diaz J, Novoa FF & Canals M (2002) Comparative wing morphology of two species of Chilean bats Tadarida brasieliensis and Myotis chiloensis, and their biomechanic consequences. Acta Theriologica 47: 193-200

Canals M, Iriarte-Diaz J, Olivares R & Novoa FF (2001) Comparación de la morfología alar de los quirópteros Tadarida brasiliensis (Chiroptera: Molossidae) y Myotis chiloensis (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae), representantes de dos diferentes patrones de vuelo. Revista Chilena Historia Natural 74: 699-704

Terrestrial locomotion

Grossi B, Iriarte-Diaz J, Larach O, Canals M & Vásquez RA (in press) Walking like dinosaurs: Chickens with artificial tails provide clues about non-avian theropod locomotion. PLoS ONE

Ross CF, Blob R, Carrier DR, Daley MA, Deban SM, Demes B, Gripper JL, Iriarte-Diaz J, Kilbourne B, Landberg T, Polk J, Schilling N & Vanhooydonck B (2013) The evolution of locomotor rhythmicity in tetrapods. Evolution 67: 1209-1217

Iriarte-Diaz J, Bozinovic F & Vasquez RA (2006) What explains the trot-gallop transition in a small mammal? Journal of Experimental Biology 209: 4061-4066

Iriarte-Diaz J (2002) Differential scaling of locomotor performance in small and large terrestrial mammals. Journal of Experimental Biology 205: 2897-2908