My Science Research

My complete cv is available here.

Education

  • B.Sc. (Zoology), University of Alberta
  • M.Sc. (Biology), York University
  • Ph.D. (Zoology), Cornell University
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Boston University
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brown University

Scientific Publications

  1. Riskin, D. K., C. J. Kendall, J. W. Hermanson. 2016. The crouching of the shrew: Mechanical consequences of limb posture in small mammals. PeerJ. doi: 10.7717/peerj.2131. [PDF]
  1. Bergou, A. J. S. M. Swartz, D. K. Riskin, H. Vejdani, L. Reimnitz, G. Taubin, K. S. Breuer. 2015. Falling with style: Bats perform complex aerial rotations by adjusting wing inertia. PLoS Biology. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002297. [PDF]
  1. Cheney, J. A., Ton, D., Konow, N., Riskin, D. K., Breuer, K. S., and Swartz, S. M. (2014). Hindlimb motion during steady flight of the lesser dog-faced fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis. PLoS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0098093. [PDF]
  1. Bahlman, J. W., Riskin, D. K., Swartz, S. M., and Breuer, K. S. (2012). Glide performance and aerodynamics of non-equilibrium glides in northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus). Journal of the Royal Society Interface online doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0794. [PDF]
  1. Iriarte-Díaz, J., Riskin, D. K., Breuer, K. S., and Swartz, S. M. (2012). Kinematic plasticity during flight in fruit bats: Individual variability in response to loading. PLoS One. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036665. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K., Bergou, A., Breuer, K. S., and Swartz, S. M. (2012). Upstroke wing flexion and the intertial cost of bat flight. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. doi:10.1098/rsbp.2012.0346. [PDF]
  1. Swartz, S. M., Iriarte-Díaz, J., Riskin, D. K., and Breuer, K. S. (in press). 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 (ed. Gunnell, G. F., and Simmons, N. B.). Cambridge MA: Cambridge University Press.
  1. Iriarte-Díaz, J., Riskin, D. K., Willis, D. S., Breuer, K. S., and Swartz, S. M. (2011). Whole-body kinematics of a fruit bat reveal the influence of wing inertia on body accelerations. Journal of Experimental Biology 214, 1546-1553. [PDF]
  1. MacAyeal, L. C., Riskin, D. K., Swartz, S. M., and Breuer, K. S. (2011). Vertical flight performance and load carrying in lesser dog-faced fruit bats (Cynopterus brachyotis). Journal of Experimental Biology 214, 786-793. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K., Iriarte-Díaz, J., Middleton, K. M., Breuer, K. S., and Swartz, S. M. (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. [PDF]
  1. Hubel, T. Y., Riskin, D. K., Swartz, S. M., and Breuer, K. S. (2010). Wake structure and wing kinematics: the flight of the lesser dog-faced fruit bat, Cynopterus brachyotis. Journal of Experimental Biology 213, 3427-3440. [PDF]
  1. Parsons, S., Riskin, D. K., and Hermanson, J. W. (2010). Echolocation call production during aerial and terrestrial locomotion by New Zealand’s enigmatic lesser short-tailed bat, Mystacina tuberculata. Journal of Experimental Biology 213, 551-557. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K., and Racey, P. A. (2010). How do sucker-footed bats hold on, and why do they roost head-up? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 99, 233-240. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K., Bahlman, J. W., Hubel, T. Y., Ratcliffe, J. M., Kunz, T. H., and Swartz, S. M. (2009). Bats go head-under-heels: the biomechanics of landing on a ceiling. Journal of Experimental Biology 212, 944-953. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K., Willis, D. J., Iriarte-Díaz, J., Hedrick, T. L., Kostandov, M., Chen, J., Laidlaw, D. H., Breuer, K. S., and Swartz, S. M. (2008). Quantifying the complexity of bat wing kinematics. Journal of Theoretical Biology 254, 604-615. [PDF]
  1. Williams, W. O., Riskin, D. K., and Mott, K. M. (2008). Ultrasonic sound measurement as an indicator of acute pain in laboratory mice. Journal of the American Association of Laboratory Animal Scientists 47, 8-10. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K., Parsons, S., Schutt, W. A. Jr., Carter, G. G., and Hermanson, J. W. (2006). Terrestrial locomotion of the New Zealand Short-tailed Bat Mystacina tuberculata and the Common Vampire Bat Desmodus rotundus. Journal of Experimental Biology 209, 1725-1736. [PDF]
  1. Carter, G. G., and Riskin, D. K. (2006). Mystacina tuberculata. Mammalian Species 790, 1-8. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K., Bertram, J. E. A. and Hermanson, J. W. (2005). Testing the hindlimb-strength hypothesis: Non-aerial locomotion by Chiroptera is not constrained by the dimensions of the femur or tibia. Journal of Experimental Biology 208, 1309-1319. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K. and Hermanson, J. W. (2005). Independent evolution of running in vampire bats. Nature 434, 292. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K. and Fenton, M. B. (2001). Sticking ability in Spix’s disk-winged bat, Thyroptera tricolor (Microchiroptera: Thyropteridae). Canadian Journal of Zoology 79, 2261-2267. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K. (2001). Pipistrellus bodenheimeri. Mammalian Species 651, 1-3. [PDF]
  1. Fenton, M. B., Bernard, E., Bouchard, S., Hollis, L., Johnston, D. S., Lausen, C. L., Ratcliffe, J. M., Riskin, D. K., Taylor, J. R. and Zigouris, J. (2001). The bat fauna of Lamanai, Belize: roosts and trophic roles. Journal of Tropical Ecology 17, 511-524. [PDF]
  1. Fenton, M. B., Vonhof, M. J., Bouchard, S., Gill, S. A., Johnston, D. S., Reid, F. A., Riskin, D. K., Standing, K. L., Taylor, J. R. and Wagner, R. (2000). Roosts used by Sturnira lilium (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) in Belize. Biotropica 32, 729-733. [PDF]
  1. Riskin, D. K. and Pybus, M. J. (1998). The use of exposed diurnal roosts in Alberta by the little brown bat, Myotis lucifugus. Canadian Journal of Zoology 76, 767-770. [PDF]