Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-08 15:27:10



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


Damp granular media is a difficult environment to study because it is both practically complex and it lacks equations which fully describe its behavior. In this study, an oscillatory lateral head movement and its effects while penetrating damp granular media were tested using a robophysical model. This experimental research was inspired by the burrowing behavior of the clade Amphisbaenia, a group of usually limbless squamates that employ a variety of different burrowing behaviors, but it can apply to a wide range of burrowers. This research could help with both human burrowing technologies and the further investigation of animal behaviors.

Research Sponsor

Henry Astley

First Reader

Robert Joel Duff

Second Reader

Rachel Olson

Honors Faculty Advisor

Brian Bagatto

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