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Santa Cruz, CA

Functional morphologist and evolutionary biologist

Publications

Peer-reviewed publications

2018

Harvey C, Baliga VB, Lavoie P, and Altshuler DL. Wing morphing allows gulls to modulate static pitch stability during gliding. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Accepted.

Baliga VB and Mehta RS. 2018. Phylo-allometric analyses showcase the interplay between life history patterns and phenotypic convergence in cleaner wrasses. American Naturalist. 191, E 129-E143 . doi:10.1086/697047
Forthcoming papers release

2017

Baliga VB, Bernstein ZJ*, Sundaram S*, and Mehta RS. 2017. Labrid cleaner fishes show kinematic convergence as juveniles despite variation in morphology. Journal of Experimental Biology. 220, 2787-2797. doi:10.1242/jeb.153783
* High school intern, UCSC-SIP

Diluzio AR**, Baliga VB, Higgins BA, and Mehta RS. 2017. Effects of prey characteristics on the feeding behaviors of an apex marine predator, the California moray (Gymnothorax mordax). Zoology. 122, 80-89. doi:10.1016/j.zool.2017.03.002
** Undergraduate student

Law CJ, Baliga VB, Tinker MT, and Mehta RS. 2017. Asynchrony in craniomandibular development and growth in Enhydra lutris nereis (Carnivora: Mustelidae): are southern sea otters born to bite? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 121:3, 420-438. doi:10.1093/biolinnean/blw050

2016

Baliga VB and Mehta RS. 2016. Ontogenetic Allometry in Shape and Flexibility Underlies Life History Patterns of Labrid Cleaning Behavior. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 56:3, 416-427. doi:10.1093/icb/icw028
Additional files: Supplementary materials (download)

Baliga VB and Law CJ. 2016. Cleaners among wrasses: Phylogenetics and evolutionary patterns of cleaning behavior within Labridae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. 94A, 424-435. doi:10.1016/j.ympev.2015.09.006
Additional files: Supplementary materials (download); Maximum likelihood tree (download); Bayesian MCC tree (download)

Bryce CM, Baliga VB, De Nesnera KL, Fiack D, Goetz K, Tarjan LM, Wade C, Yovovich V, Baumgart S***, Bard DG, Ash D, Parker IM, and Gilbert GS. 2016. Exploring Models in the Biology Classroom. The American Biology Teacher. 78:1, 35-42. doi:10.1525/abt.2016.78.1.35
*** High school teacher

2015

Baliga VB and Mehta RS. 2015. Linking Cranial Morphology to Prey Capture Kinematics in Three Cleaner Wrasses: Labroides dimidiatus, Larabicus quadrilineatus, and Thalassoma lutescens. Journal of Morphology. 276, 1377–91. doi:10.1002/jmor.20425
Additional files: Supporting information (download)

2014

Baliga VB and Mehta RS. 2014. Scaling patterns inform ontogenetic transitions away from cleaning in Thalassoma wrasses. Journal of Experimental Biology. 217, 3597-3606. doi:10.1242/jeb.107680
Additional files: Supplementary materials (download)
 


Published abstracts from meetings

2018

Baliga VB, and Mehta RS. The interplay between life history patterns and phenotypic convergence in cleaner wrasses. From the 2018 Annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting; San Francisco, CA. (abstract)

Harvey C, Baliga VB, Lavoie P, and Altshuler DL. How elbow deflection affects the aerodynamic performance and stability of gliding gulls at varying turbulence conditions. From the 2018 Annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting; San Francisco, CA. (abstract)

2017

Baliga VB, and Mehta RS. Size and shape in independent evolutions of cleaning in the Labridae and Gobiidae. From the 2017 Annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting; New Orleans, LA. (abstract)

Bernstein Z, Sundaram S, Baliga VB, and Mehta RS. Assessing the convergence of feeding kinematics in labrid cleaner fishes. From the 2017 Annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting; New Orleans, LA. (abstract)

2016

Baliga VB, and Mehta RS. The Ontogeny of Cleaning in Fishes: Scaling Patterns Underlie Shifts in Feeding Strategy. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 56, E11. Part of the Symposium: "A bigger picture: organismal function at the nexus of development, ecology, and evolution". From the 2016 Annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting; Portland, OR. (abstract)

Law CJ, Baliga VB, and Mehta RS. Divergence of craniodental morphology in southern sea otters. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 56, E123. From the 2016 Annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting; Portland, OR. (abstract)

2015

Baliga VB, and Mehta RS. Kinematics of picking behavior in wrasses. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 55, E8. From the 2015 Annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting; West Palm Beach, FL. (abstract)

Mehta RS, and Baliga VB. Quantifying the Morphological Diversity of Teleost Taxa that Apprehend Prey By Biting. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 55, E124. From the 2015 Annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting; West Palm Beach, FL. (abstract)

2014

Baliga VB, and Mehta RS. Ontogenetic transitions from cleaning behavior are associated with shifts in cranial morphology in Thalassoma wrasses. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 54, E12. From the 2014 Annual Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting; Austin, TX. (abstract)

2013

Baliga VB. The Morphology and Ontogeny of Cleaning Behavior in Labrid Fishes. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 53, E242. From the 2013 Annual Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB) Meeting; San Francisco, CA. (abstract)


Inquiry-based teaching modules

Available at the SCWIBLES Modules page

2014

Baliga VB, and Yew B. 2014. Demystifying Dimensions: A mini-lesson on dimensional analysis. Product of GK-12 SCWIBLES, NSF DGE-0947923

Baliga VB, Yew B, Herradora R, Callahan W. 2014. A Fact of Matter: Exploring trends across the Periodic Table. Product of GK-12 SCWIBLES, NSF DGE-0947923

de Nesnera K, Baliga VB, et al. 2014. Presentation Skills: A video designed for science fair participants in high school. Product of GK–12 SCWIBLES, NSF DGE-0947923

Baliga VB, and Baumgart S. 2014. A Matter of Human Proportions: Are you Vitruvian? Product of GK-12 SCWIBLES, NSF DGE-0947923

2013

Baliga VB, and Baumgart S. 2013. Hold Your Breath: What triggers the dive response in mammals? Product of GK-12 SCWIBLES, NSF DGE-0947923