Selected Publications

Paig-Tran et al. 2013
Paig-Tran et al. 2013

Lantsoght, E.O.L., Crepaldi, Y.T., Tavares, S., Leemans, K., and Paig-Tran, E.W.M. Challenges and opportunities for academic parents during COVID-19. Frontiers in Psychology. Submitted. 


Lowe, A.*, Summers, A. P., Walter, R., Walker, S., & Paig-Tran, E. M. (2020). Scale performance and composition in a small Amazonian armored catfish, Corydoras trilineatus. Acta Biomaterialia.


Shiffman, D. S., Ajemian, M. J., Carrier, J. C., Daly-Engel, T. S., Davis, M. M., Dulvy, N. K., ... & Nash, C. S. (2020). Trends in Chondrichthyan Research: An Analysis of Three Decades of Conference Abstracts. Copeia, 108(1), 122-131.


Ferry, L. A., Paig‐Tran, E. W., Summers, A. P., & Liem, K. F. (2019). Extreme premaxillary protrusion in the king‐of‐the‐salmon, Trachipterus altivelis. Journal of morphology, 280(12), 1865-1870.


Divi, R.V.*, Strother, J.A. and Paig-Tran, E.M., (2018). Manta rays feed using ricochet separation, a novel nonclogging filtration mechanism. Science Advances, 4(9), p.eaat9533.


Forsgren, K.L., Jamal, H.*, Barrios, A.* & Paig-Tran. E.W.M. (2017). Reproductive morphology of oarfish (Regalecus russellii). The Anatomical Record, 300:9. 1695-1704.


Paig‐Tran, E. W., Barrios, A. S.*, & Ferry, L. A. (2016). Presence of repeating hyperostotic bones in dorsal pterygiophores of the oarfish, Regalecus russellii. Journal of Anatomy, 229(4), 560-567. 


Hinojosa-Alvarez, S., Walter, R. P., Diaz-Jaimes, P., Galván-Magaña, F., & Paig-Tran, E. M. (2016). A potential third Manta Ray species near the Yucatán Peninsula? Evidence for a recently diverged and novel genetic Manta group from the Gulf of Mexico. PeerJ, 4, e2586.  


Ferry, L.A., Paig-Tran, E., and Gibb, A. (2015). Suction, ram, and biting: deviations and limitations to aquatic prey capture. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 55:1. 97-109.


Paig-Tran, E.W.M. and Summers, A.P. (2014). Comparison of the structure and composition of the branchial filters of suspension feeding elasmobranchs. The Anatomical Record.  297:4. 701-715.


Paig-Tran, E.W.M., Kleinteich, T., and Summers, A.P. (2013). The filter pads and filtration mechanisms of the devil rays: variation at macro and microscopic scales (Manta Walbaum 1792 and Mobula Rafinesque 1810). J. Morph. 274:7. 1026-1043. Cover.


Paig-Tran, E.W.M., Bizzarro, J.J., Strother, J.A., and Summers, A.P. (2011) Bottle as models: Predicting the effects of varying swimming speed and morphology on size selectivity and filtration efficiency in fishes. J. Exp. Biol. 214: 1643-1654. Cover.


* Student author


Patent Pending

We have submitted a U.S. utility patent for bio-inspired manta ray filters for use in ricochet filtration. 

Paig-Tran, Strother, and Divi. 

U.S. Patent pending (2019): 16/240,732. 

Field Work

A portion of my research takes me to the the Yucatan Peninsula where I actively study manta rays with my collaborator Silvia Hinojosa. This work was supported by funding from a National Geographic Society Waitts Grant. 



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