Some of my early work on the biomechanics of insect adhesive devices was published in a themed issue of Interface Focus this week. Leaf beetle larvae use 'smooth' attachment pads to adhere to their host plant, while their adults use 'hairy' pads for the same task. Link
Over a month ago, we set out to try our hand at crowdfunding a project on Experiment.com. Now, after a very exciting November, our next field trip and a bunch of state-of-the-art video equipment is supported by the public! Backers contributed over $7000 to this project. The campaign is over now, but the project site will remain online to keep our backers up to date on our progress. Read more over on Experiment.com, or in this write-up in Science(!).