My research deals with the dynamics and control of flight in birds and insects, but reflects a broader interest in the dynamics of biological systems in general. With the publication of my recent monograph Evolutionary Biomechanics: Selection, Phylogeny, and Constraint, I have begun publishing on evolutionary theory, taking biomechanics as a lens through which to view the evolutionary process. I am Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of Zoology, and am the Peter Brunet Fellow and Tutor in Biological Sciences at Jesus College. I previously held an RCUK Academic Felowship (2006-2011), a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2004-2009), a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship (2002–2004), and the Weir Junior Research Fellowship (2002–2005) at University College, Oxford. My research team is funded principally by a €2M ERC Starting Grant on the Dynamics and Control of Bird and Insect Flight, as well as by grants from Dstl and EOARD, and through studentships from the EPSRC and BBSRC.
Prof Graham Taylor
Professor of Mathematical Biology
Peter Brunet Fellow in Biological Sciences, Jesus College
+44 (0)1865 271219
Evolutionary Biomechanics: Selection, Phylogeny, and Constraint. (2014).
Vision-based flight control in the hawkmoth Hyles lineata. J. Roy. Soc. Interface 11, 20130921. (2014).
In vivo time-resolved microtomography reveals the mechanics of the blowfly flight motor. PLoS Biol. 12(3), e1001823. (2014).
Wings and flight. (Simpson, S. J., & Douglas A. E., Ed.).The Insects: Structure and Function, R. F. Chapman 193-230. (2013).
Legs and Locomotion. (Simpson, S. J., & Douglas A. E., Ed.).The Insects: Structure and Function, R. F. Chapman 157-189. (2013).
Thorax. (Simpson, S. J., & Douglas A. E., Ed.).The Insects: Structure and Function, R. F. Chapman 149-155. (2013).
Advantages of phase retrieval for fast x-ray tomographic microscopy. J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 46, 494004. (2013).
Wing morphing in insects, birds and bats: mechanism and function. (Valasek, J., Ed.).Morphing Aerospace Vehicles and Structures 11-40. (2012).
The mode-sensing hypothesis: matching sensors, actuators and flight dynamics. (Barth, F. G., Srinivasan M. V., & Humphrey J. A. C., Ed.).Frontiers in Sensing: From Biology to Engineering 101-114. (2012).
Operation of the alula as an indicator of gear change in hoverflies. J. Roy. Soc. Interface 9, 1194-1207. (2012).
Soaring and manoeuvring flight of a steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis. J. Avian Biol. 42, 377-386. (2011).
Animal Locomotion: the Physics of Flying; the Hydrodynamics of Swimming. (2010).