DT Polet & D Labonte:  Optimising the flow of mechanical energy in musculoskeletal systems through gearing. In Review. bioRxiv
LeBlanc ARH, Morrell AP, Sirovica S, Al-Jawad M, Labonte D, D’Amore D, Clemente CJ, Wang S,  Guiliani F, McGilvery C, Pittman M, Kaye T & Addison O: Iron-coated Komodo dragon teeth and the complex enamel of carnivorous reptiles. Nat. Eco. Evo. In press
D Labonte & NC Holt:  Beyond power limits: the kinetic energy capacity of skeletal muscle. In Review. bioRxiv
N Imirzian, F Püffel, F Roces & D Labonte:  Large deformation diffeomorphic metric mapping reveals 3D shape variation of head capsules and mandibles in Atta vollenweideri leaf-cutter ants. Ecol Evol. 14:e11236. Journal Version
N Dhawale, D Labonte & NC Holt:  The effect of contractile protein length on the mechanical output of skeletal muscle. In Review.
Labonte D, PJ Bishop, TJM Dick & CJ Clemente: Dynamic similarity and the peculiar allometry of maximum running speed. Nat Comms. 15:2181. Journal Version | Tweetorial


BA Goda, D Labonte & M Bacca: Making the cut: end effects and the benefits of slicing. arXiv
V Kang, F Püffel & D Labonte: Three-dimensional kinematics of leaf-cutter ant mandibles: not all dicondylic joints are simple hinges. Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B. 378(1891): 20220546. bioRxiv | Journal Version | Tweetorial
F Püffel, L Meyer, N Imirzian, F Roces, R Johnston & D Labonte: Developmental biomechanics and age polyethism in leaf-cutter ants. Proc B. 290(2000): 20230355. bioRxiv | Journal Version | Tweetorial
D Labonte: A theory of physiological similarity in muscle-driven motion. PNAS. 120:e2221217120. bioRxiv | Journal Version | Tweetorial
F Püffel, F Roces & D Labonte: Strong positive allometry of bite force in leaf-cutter ants increases the range of cuttable plant tissues. J Exp Biol 226:jeb245140. bioRxiv | Journal Version | Tweetorial
JT Schultz, D Labonte & CJ Clemente: Multilevel dynamic adjustments of geckos (Hemidactylus frenatus) climbing vertically: head-up versus head-down. J R Soc Int. 20(201): 20220840.  Journal Version 
F Püffel, R Johnston & D Labonte: A biomechanical model for the relation between bite force and mandibular opening angle in arthropods. R Soc Open Sci. 10:221066. bioRxiv | Journal Version | Tweetorial

F Püffel, OK Walthaus, V Kang & D Labonte: Biomechanics of cutting: sharpness, wear sensitivity, and the scaling of cutting forces in leaf-cutter ant mandibles.  Philos. Trans. R. Soc. B. 378(1891): 20220547.  bioRxiv | Journal Version | Tweetorial

F Plum, R Bulla, H Beck, N Imirzian & David Labonte: replicAnt – generating annotated images of animals in complex environments with Unreal Engine. Nat Comms. 14:7195. bioRxiv | Journal version | Tweetorial

L Aibekova, RA Keller, J Katzke, DM Allman, FH Garcia, D Labonte, A Narendra & EP Economo: Parallel and divergent morphological adaptations underlying the evolution of jumping ability in ants. Integr Org Biol. 5(1): obad026 bioRxiv | Journal version | Tweetorial


R E Johnston, M W Said, D Labonte, J Russell, E Sackett, R Board: Correlative Structure-Property Characterisation of the Leafcutter Ant (Atta cepholotes) Mandible. Microscopy and Microanalysis,28(S1) Journal Version 
N C Holt, D Labonte: Elastic energy storage and the efficiency of movement. Current Biology 32: 12-R661-R666 Journal Version 
DM Kaimaki, C NS Andrew, A EL Attipoe, D Labonte: The physical properties of the stick insect pad secretion are independent of body size. J. R. Soc. Interface. 19: 2022.0622 bioRxiv | Journal Version | Tweetorial


F Püffel, A Pouget, X Liu,  M Zuber, T van de Kamp, F Roces & D Labonte: Morphological determinants of bite force capacity in insects: a biomechanical analysis of polymorphic leaf-cutter ants. J. R. Soc. Interface. 18: 2021.0424.  bioRxiv | Journal Version | Tweetorial

A Levillain, S Ahmed, DM Kaimaki, S Schuler, S Barros, D Labonte, JC Iatridis, NC Nowlan: Prenatal muscle forces are necessary for vertebral segmentation and disc structure, but not for notochord involution in mice. Eur Cell Mater. 41: 558-575. Journal Version

F Plum & D Labonte: scAnt—an open-source platform for the creation of 3D models of arthropods (and other small objects). PeerJ 9:e11155. Journal Version | Tweetorial

D Labonte, A Robinson, U Bauer & W Federle: Disentangling the role of surface topography and intrinsic wettability in the prey capture mechanism of Nepenthes pitcher plants. Acta Biomaterialia 119, 225-233. bioRxiv | Journal Version


K. Nakanishi, D. Labonte, T. Cebo, V. P. Veigang-Radulescua, Y. Fan B. Brennan, A.J. Pollard, S. Hofmann & N. A.Fleck: Mechanical properties of the hollow-wall graphene gyroid lattice. Acta Materialia 201, 254-265. Journal Version


W Federle & D Labonte: Dynamic biological adhesion: mechanisms for controlling attachment during locomotion. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 374 (1784), 20190199. Journal Version

D Labonte, MY Struecker, AV Birn-Jeffery, W Federle: Shear-sensitive adhesion enables size-independent adhesive performance in stick insects.Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286 (1913), 20191327. Journal Version

RE Johnston, RL Mitchell, C Pleydell-Pearce, M Coleman, L North, D Labonte, ML Oyen, R Board, EC Pope, H Arora & D Howells: Correlating Microstructure to in situ Micromechanical Behaviour and Toughening Strategies in Biological Materials. Microscopy and Microanalysis 25 (S2), 372-373. Journal Version


J G Pattrick, D Labonte & W Federle: Scaling of claw sharpness: mechanical constraints reduce attachment performance in larger insects. Journal of Experimental Biology 221 (24), jeb188391. Journal Version


L North, D Labonte, ML Oyen, MP Coleman, HB Caliskan & RE Johnston: Interrelated chemical-microstructural-nanomechanical variations in the structural units of the cuttlebone of Sepia officinalis. APL Materials 5 (11), 116103. bioRxiv Journal Version

David Labonte, Anne-Kristin Lenz, Michelle L Oyen: On the relationship between indentation hardness and modulus, and the damage resistance of biological materials. Acta biomaterialia 57, 373-383. bioRxiv | Journal Version

N Graupner, D Labonte, M Joerg: Rhubarb petioles inspire biodegradable cellulose fibre-reinforced PLA composites with increased impact strength. Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing 98, 218–22. Journal Version

N Graupner, D Labonte, H Humburg, T Buzkan, A Dörgens, W Kelterer & J Müssig: Functional gradients in the pericarp of the green coconut inspire asymmetric fibre-composites with improved impact strength, and preserved flexural and tensile properties. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 12 (2), 026009. Journal Version


David Labonte, Christofer J Clemente, Alex Dittrich, Chi-Yun Kuo, Alfred J Crosby, Duncan J Irschick, Walter Federle: Extreme positive allometry of animal adhesive pads and the size limits of adhesion-based climbing. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113 (5), 1297-1302. bioRxiv | Journal Version

D Labonte, W Federle: Biomechanics of shear-sensitive adhesion in climbing animals: peeling, pre-tension and sliding-induced changes in interface strength. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 13 (122), 20160373. bioRxiv | Journal Version


A Hackmann, H Delacave, A Robinson, D Labonte, W Federle: Functional morphology and efficiency of the antenna cleaner in Camponotus rufifemur ants. Royal Society open science 2 (7), 150129. Journal Version

D Labonte, W Federle: Scaling and biomechanics of surface attachment in climbing animals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences  370 (1661): 20140027. Journal Version

S Akerboom, J Appel, D Labonte, W Federle, J Sprakel, M Kamperman: Enhanced adhesion of bioinspired nanopatterned elastomers via colloidal surface assembly. Journal of The Royal Society Interface 12 (102), 20141061. Journal Version

D Labonte, W Federle: Rate-dependence of ‘wet’ biological adhesives and the function of the pad secretion in insects. Soft Matter 11 (44), 8661-8673. Journal Version


Judith M Fonville, SH Wilks, Sarah L James, A Fox, M Ventresca, M Aban, L Xue, TC Jones, NMH Le, QT Pham, ND Tran, Y Wong, A Mosterin, LC Katzelnick, David Labonte, TT Le, G Van Der Net, E Skepner, CA Russell, TD Kaplan, GF Rimmelzwaan, N Masurel, JC De Jong, A Palache, WEP Beyer, QM Le, TH Nguyen, HFL Wertheim, AC Hurt, ADME Osterhaus, IG Barr, RAM Fouchier, PW Horby, DJ Smith: Antibody landscapes after influenza virus infection or vaccination. Science 346 (6212), 996-1000. Journal Version

David Labonte, John A Williams, Walter Federle: Surface contact and design of fibrillar ‘friction pads’ in stick insects (Carausius morosus): mechanisms for large friction coefficients and negligible adhesion. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 11 (94), 20140034. Journal Version


D Labonte, W Federle: Functionally different pads on the same foot allow control of attachment: stick insects have load-sensitive “heel” pads for friction and shear-sensitive “toe” pads for adhesion. PLoS One 8 (12), e81943. Journal Version

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