Duncan J Irschick is an integrative biologist and innovator interested in the evolution and ecology of animal athletics, and how biological form informs synthetic design. His research on gecko adhesion, 3D-imaging, animal movement, and bioinspiration has garnered international acclaim and awards. Duncan has published 137 papers on animal function and evolution, and has been a co-inventor on several patents. He has received generous funding from NIH, NSF, and private foundations, and media attention from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNET.org, and CNN. Irschick has been invited to 73 talks for Universities and organizations all over the world. He has been a Keynote and plenary speaker for many different organizations and Universities. In 2014 and 2016, he was honored with the Outstanding Research Award, the Chancellors Medal, and the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Award from the University of Massachusetts.