The overall purpose of this proposal is to ultimately aid in the complete transition of the Fraley lab. For decades, the Fraley lab has focused on basic neurobiological processes. Despite publication success, dissatisfaction with this research has led Dr. Fraley to want to pursue more translational, or applied, research projects. To this end, this proposal seeks to explore agricultural research in an effort to aid a growing filed of poultry agriculture, namely duck poultry. Pekin duck agriculture is one of the world's largest and fastest growing agricultural industries. This industry is aiding to feed the growing populations of developing and modern countries. The great increase in worldwide population coupled with the decrease in land for agriculture has forced duck growers to develop larger, faster growing birds. Although this change in body conformation can lead to changes in gait and an increase in lameness, no one has yet determined what the normal walking patterns, or gait, in Pekin ducks looks like. This simple lack of knowledge can cost the duck industry billions of dollars each year due to needless animal deaths and poor duck management. The purpose of this proposal is to allow Dr. Fraley to learn techniques that study limb movements and the musculoskeletal and neurological control mechanisms of duck gait. These techniques will benefit current and ongoing research in the Fraley lab as well as help transform the lab into applied research.