All publications

A complete listing of the peer-reviewed papers, preprints, books, and book chapters authored by members of the Oxford Flight Group.

Brighton, C.H., Kempton, J.A., France, L.A., KleinHeerenbrink, M., Miñano, S., Taylor, G.K. (2023). Obstacle avoidance in aerial pursuit. bioRxiv [preprint]

Kempton, J.A., Brighton, C.H., France, L.A., KleinHeerenbrink, M., Miñano, S., Shelton, J., Taylor, G.K. (2023). Visual versus visual-inertial guidance in hawks pursuing terrestrial targets. J. R. Soc. Interface 20, 20230071.

Borsier, E., Taylor, G.K. (2023). Zebra finches use brightness cues for gap selection in flight. bioRxiv [preprint]

Harvey, C., de Croon, G., Taylor, G.K., Bomphrey, R.J. (2023). Lessons from natural flight for aviation: then, now, and tomorrow. J. Exp. Biol. 226, jeb245409.

Miñano, S., Golodetz, S., Cavallari, T., Taylor, G.K. (2023). Through hawks’ eyes: synthetically reconstructing the visual field of a bird in flight. Int. J. Comput. Vis.

Peréz-Campanero Antolín, N., Taylor, G.K. (2023). Gap selection and steering during obstacle avoidance in pigeons. J. Exp. Biol. 226, jeb244215.

Davranoglou, L.-R., Taylor, G.K., Mortimer, B. (2023). Sexual selection and predation drive the repeated evolution of stridulation in Heteroptera and other arthropods. Biol. Rev.

Leroy, A., Taylor, G.K. (2022). FlyView: a bio-informed optical flow truth dataset for visual navigation using panoramic stereo vision. In: 36th Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2022), Datasets and Benchmarks Track.

Mohamed, A., Taylor, G.K., Watkins, S., Windsor, S.P. (2022). Opportunistic soaring by birds suggests new opportunities for atmospheric energy harvesting by flying robots. J. R. Soc. Interface

Taylor, G.K. (2022). Embrace wobble to level flight without a horizon. Nature 610, 455-457.

KleinHeerenbrink, M., France, L.A., Brighton, C.H., Taylor, G.K. (2022). Optimization of avian perching manoeuvres. Nature 607, 91-96.

Brighton, C.H., Kloepper, L.N., Harding, C.D., Larkman, L., McGowan, K., Zusi, L., Taylor, G.K. (2022). Raptors avoid the confusion effect by targeting fixed points in dense aerial prey aggregations. Nat. Commun. 13, 4778

Kempton, J.A., Wynn, J., Bond, S., Evry, J., Fayet, A.L., Gillies, N., Guilford, T., Kavelaars, M., Juarez-Martinez, I., Padget, O., Rutz, C., Shoji, A., Syposz, M., Taylor, G.K. (2022). Optimization of dynamic soaring in a flap-gliding seabird affects its large-scale distribution at sea. Sci. Adv. 8, eabo0200.

Miller, T., Taylor, G.K., Mortimer B. (2022). Slit sense organ distribution on the legs of two species of orb-weaving spider (Araneae: Araneidae). Arthropod Struct. Dev. 67: 101140.

Minano, S., Taylor, G.K. (2021). Through hawks' eyes: reconstructing a bird's visual field in flight to study gaze strategy and attention during perching and obstacle avoidance. In: Workshop on Computer Vision for Animal Behavior Tracking and Modeling, CVPR Virtual, 19-25 June 2021. bioRxiv 2021.06.16.446415.

Walker, S.M., Taylor, G.K. (2021). A semi-empirical model of the aerodynamics of manoeuvring insect flight. J. R. Soc. Interface 18: 20210103.

Brighton, C.H., Chapman, K.E., Fox, N.C., Taylor, G.K. (2021). Attack behaviour in naïve Gyrfalcons is modelled by the same guidance law as in Peregrines, but at a lower guidance gain. J. Exp. Biol. 224(5): jeb238493.

Brighton, C.H., Zusi, L., McGowan, K., Kinniry, M., Kloepper, L.N., Taylor, G.K. (2021). Birds versus bats: attack strategies of bat-hunting hawks, and the dilution effect of swarming. Behav. Ecol. 32(3): 464-476.

Hein, A.M., Altshuler, D.L., Cade, D.E., Liao, J.C., Martin, B.T., Taylor, G.K. (2020). An algorithmic approach to natural behavior. Curr. Biol. 30(11): PR663-R675.

Davranoglou L.-R., Mortimer B., Taylor G.K., Malenovský, I (2020). On the morphology and evolution of cicadomorphan tymbal organs. Arthropod Struct. Dev. 55: 100918.

Nagesh, I., Walker, S.M., Taylor, G.K. (2019). Motor output and control input in flapping flight: a compact model of the deforming wing kinematics of manoeuvring hoverflies. J. R. Soc. Interface 16, 20190435.

Brighton, C.H., Taylor, G.K. (2019). Hawks steer attacks using a guidance system tuned for close pursuit of erratically maneuvering targets. Nat. Commun. 10, 2462.

Taylor, L.A., Taylor, G.K., Lambert, B., Walker, J.A., Biro, D., Portugal, S.J. (2019). Birds invest wingbeats to keep a steady head and reap the ultimate benefits of flying together. PLoS Biol. 17(6), e3000299.

Davranoglou, L.-R., Cicirello, A., Taylor, G.K., Mortimer, B. (2019). Planthopper bugs use a fast, cyclic elastic recoil mechanism for effective vibrational communication at small body size. PLoS Biol. 17(3): e3000155.

Davranoglou, L.-R., Cicirello, A., Mortimer, B., Taylor, G.K. (2019). Response to “On the evolution of the tymbalian tymbal organ: Comment on “Planthopper bugs use a fast, cyclic elastic recoil mechanism for effective vibrational communication at small body size” by Davranoglou et al. 2019”. Cicadina 18: 17-26

Davranoglou L.-R., Mortimer B., Taylor G.K., Malenovský, I. (2019). On the morphology and possible function of two putative vibroacoustic mechanisms in derbid planthoppers (Hemiptera: Fulgoromorpha: Derbidae) Arthropod Struct. Dev. 52: 100880.

Mills, R., Taylor, G.K., Hemelrijk, C.K. (2019). Sexual size dimorphism, prey morphology and catch success in relation to flight mechanics in the peregrine falcon: a simulation study. J. Avian Biol. 50(3), e01979.

Tian, F.-B., Tobing, S., Young, J., Lai, J.C.S., Walker, S.M., Taylor, G.K., Thomas, A.L.R. (2019). Aerodynamic characteristics of hoverflies during hovering flight. Comput. Fluids 183: 75-83.

Taylor, G.K. (2018). Simple scaling law predicts peak efficiency in oscillatory propulsion. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 115(32): 8063-8065.

Mills, R., Hildenbrandt, H., Taylor, G.K., Hemelrijk, C.K. (2018). Physics-based simulations of aerial attacks by peregrine falcons reveal that stooping at high speed maximizes catch success against agile prey. PLoS Comput. Biol. 14(4), e1006044.

Brighton, C.H., Thomas, A.L.R., Taylor, G.K. (2017). Terminal attack trajectories of peregrine falcons are described by the proportional navigation guidance law of missiles. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 114(51) 13495-13500

Bomphrey, R.J., Nakata, T., Phillips, N., Walker, S.M. (2017). Smart wing rotation and trailing-edge vortices enable high frequency mosquito flight. Nature 544, 92-95.

Windsor, S.P. & Taylor, G.K. (2017). Head movements quadruple the range of speeds encoded by the insect motion vision system in hawkmoths. Proc. R. Soc. B 284(1864), 20171622.

Davranoglou L.-R., Baňař P., Schlepütz C.M., Mortimer B., Taylor G.K. (2017). The pregenital abdomen of Enicocephalomorpha and morphological evidence for different modes of communication at the dawn of heteropteran evolution. Arthropod Struct. Dev. 46(6), 843-868.

Warfvinge, K., Klein Heerenbrink, M. & Hedenström, A. (2017). The power-speed relationship is U-shaped in two free-flying hawkmoths (Manduca sexta). J. R. Soc. Interface 14, 20170372.

Klein Heerenbrink, M., Johansson, L. C. & Hedenström, A. (2017). Multi-cored vortices support function of slotted wing tips of birds in gliding and flapping flight. J. R. Soc. Interface 14, 20170099.

Taylor, G.K., Reynolds, K.V., & Thomas, A.L.R. (2016). Soaring energetics and glide performance in a moving atmosphere. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371(1704), 20150398.

Davranoglou, L.-R. (2016). Redeicephala taylori, a new genus and species of Reduviidae from New Guinea, with notes on a few morphological features of the Tribelocephalinae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera). Acta Entomol. Musei Natl. Pragae 56(1), 39-50.

Baňař, P., Davranoglou, L.-R., Chłond, D. (2016). A new species of Henicocephaloides from eastern Madagascar (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae). Entomol. Americana 122(1–2):238–244.

Hofhuis, H., Moulton, D., Lessinnes, T., Routier-Kierzkowska, A.-L., Bomphrey, R.J., Mosca, G., Reinhardt, H., Sarchet, P., Gan, X., Tsiantis, M., Ventikos, Y., Walker, S.M., Goriely, A., Smith, R., Hay, A. (2016). Morphomechanical innovation drives explosive seed dispersal. Cell 166(1), 222–233.

Rogers, S.M., Riley, J., Brighton, C.H., Sutton, G.P., Cullen, D.A., Burrows, M. (2016). Increased muscular volume and cuticular specialisations enhance jump velocity in solitarious compared with gregarious desert locusts, Schistocerca gregaria. J. Exp. Biol. 219, 635-648.

Mokso, R., Schwyn, D.A., Walker, S.M, Doube, M., Wicklein, M., Müller, T., Stampanoni, M., Taylor, G.K., Krapp, H.G. (2015). Four-dimensional in vivo X-ray microscopy with projection-guided gating. Sci. Rep., 5, 8727.

Davranoglou, L.-R. (2015). A description of the previously unknown female of Symploce digitifera (Blattodea: Ectobiidae: Blatellinae). Afr. Invertebr. 56(3), 555-558.

Taylor, G.K. & Thomas, A.L.R. (2014). Evolutionary Biomechanics: Selection, Phylogeny, and Constraint. 176pp. Oxford University Press: Oxford. ISBN 978-0-19-856638-0.

Reynolds, K.V., Thomas, A.L.R., & Taylor, G.K. (2014). Wing tucks are a response to atmospheric turbulence in the soaring flight of the steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis. J. Roy. Soc. Interface 11(101), 20140645.

Boyde, A., McCorkell, F.A., Taylor, G.K., Bomphrey, R.J., Doube, M. (2014). Iodine vapor staining for atomic number contrast in backscattered electron and X-ray imaging. Microsc. Res. Tech. 77(12), 1044-1051.

Guilford, T. & Taylor, G.K. (2014). The sun compass revisited. Anim. Behav. 97, 135-143.

Walker, S.M., Schwyn, D.A., Mokso, R., Wicklein, M., Müller, T., Doube, M., Stampanoni, M., Krapp, H.G., Taylor, G.K. (2014). In vivo time-resolved microtomography reveals the mechanics of the blowfly flight motor. PLoS Biol., 12(3), e1001823.

Windsor, S. P., Bomphrey, R.J., & Taylor, G.K. (2014). Vision-based flight control in the hawkmoth Hyles lineata. J. Roy Soc. Interface, 11(91), 20130921.

Horstmann, J.T., Henningsson, P., Thomas, A.L.R., Bomphrey, R.J. (2014). Wake development behind paired wings with tip and root trailing vortices: consequences for animal flight force estimates. PLOS ONE 9(3), e91040.

Mokso, R., Marone, F., Irvine, S., Nyvlt, M., Schwyn, D., Mader, K., Taylor, G.K., Krapp, H.G., Skeren, M., Stampanoni, M. (2013). Advantages of phase retrieval for fast x-ray tomographic microscopy. J. Phys. D., 46(49).

Schwyn, D.A., Mokso, R., Walker, S.M., Doube, M., Wicklein, M., Taylor, G.K., Stampanoni, M., Krapp, H.G. (2013). High-Speed X-ray Imaging on the Fly. Synchrotron Radiat. News, 26(2), 4-10.

Henningsson, P., Bomphrey, R.J. (2013). Span efficiency in hawkmoths. J. R. Soc. Interface 10(84), 20130099.

Taylor, G.K. (2013). Thorax. In: The Insects. Structure and Function. R. F. Chapman. 5th edn. S.J. Simpson & A.E. Douglas, eds. pp 149-155. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Taylor, G.K. (2013). Legs and Locomotion. In: The Insects. Structure and Function. R. F. Chapman. 5th edn. S.J. Simpson & A.E. Douglas, eds. pp 157-189. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Taylor, G.K. (2013). Wings and flight. In: The Insects. Structure and Function. R. F. Chapman. 5th edn. S.J. Simpson & A.E. Douglas, eds. pp 193-230. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Walker, S.M., Thomas, A.L.R., & Taylor, G.K. (2012). Operation of the alula as an indicator of gear change in hoverflies .J. Roy. Soc. Interface, 9(71), 1194-1207.

Taylor, G.K., Carruthers, A.C., Walker, S.M., & Hubel, T.Y. (2012). Wing Morphing in Insects, Birds and Bats: Mechanism and Function. In: Morphing Aerospace Vehicles and Structures, J. Valasek, ed. pp 11-40.

Krapp, H.G., Taylor, G.K. & Humbert, J.S. (2012). The mode-sensing hypothesis: matching sensors, actuators and flight dynamics. In: Frontiers in Sensing. From Biology to Engineering. F. G. Barth, M. V. Srinivasan & J. A.C. Humphrey, eds. pp 101-114. Springer, Vienna.

Bomphrey, R.J., Henningsson, P., Michaelis, D., Hollis, D. (2012). Tomographic particle image velocimetry of desert locust wakes: instantaneous volumes combine to reveal hidden vortex elements and rapid wake deformation. J. R. Soc. Interface 9(77), 3378-3386.

Bomphrey, R.J., Henningsson, P. (2012). Time-varying span efficiency through the wingbeat of desert locusts. J. R. Soc. Interface9(71), 1177-1186. https://10.1098/rsif.2011.0749.

Bomphrey, R.J. (2012). Advances in animal flight aerodynamics through flow measurement. Evol. Biol. 39(1), 1-11.

Gillies, J. A., Thomas, A.L.R., & Taylor, G.K. (2011). Soaring and manoeuvring flight of a steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis. .J. Avian Biol., 42(5), 377-386.

Ajduk, A., Ilozue, T., Windsor, S.P., Yu, Y.S, Seres, K.B., Bomphrey, R.J, Tom, B.D, Swann, K., Thomas, A., Graham, C., Zernicka-Goetz, M. (2011). Rhythmic actomyosin-driven contractions induced by sperm entry predict mammalian embryo viability. Nat. Commun. 2, 417.

Taylor, G.K. (2010). Insect flight control. In: R. Blockley, W. Shyy, eds. Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering. Wiley, Chichester.

Carruthers, A.C., Walker, S.M., Thomas, A.L.R., & Taylor, G.K. (2010). Aerodynamics of aerofoil sections measured on a free-flying bird. Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng. G. J. Aero. Eng., 224(8), 855-864.

Carruthers, A.C., Thomas, A.L.R., Walker, S.M., & Taylor, G.K. (2010). Mechanics and aerodynamics of perching manoeuvres in a large bird of prey. Aero. J., 114(1161), 673-680.

Taylor, G.K., Holbrook, R.I., & de Perera, T.B. (2010). Fractional rate of change of swim-bladder volume is reliably related to absolute depth during vertical displacements in teleost fish. J. Roy. Soc. Interface, 7(50), 1379-1382.

Windsor, S.P., Norris, S.E., Cameron, S.M., Mallinson, G.D., Montgomery, J.C. (2010). The flow fields involved in hydrodynamic imaging by blind Mexican cave fish (Astyanax fasciatus). Part I: open water and heading towards a wall. J. Exp. Biol. 213(22), 3819-3831.

Windsor, S.P., Norris, S.E., Cameron, S.M., Mallinson, G.D., Montgomery, J.C. (2010). The flow fields involved in hydrodynamic imaging by blind Mexican cave fish (Astyanax fasciatus). Part II: gliding parallel to a wall. J. Exp. Biol. 213(22), 3832-3842.

Young, J., Walker, S.M., Bomphrey, R.J., Taylor, G.K., & Thomas, A.L.R. (2009). Details of insect wing design and deformation enhance aerodynamic function and flight efficiency. Science, 325(5947), 1549-1552.

Bomphrey, R.J., Taylor, G.K., & Thomas, A.L.R. (2009). Smoke visualization of free-flying bumblebees indicates independent leading-edge vortices on each wing pair. Exp. Fluids, 46(5), 811-821.

Bomphrey, R.J., Walker, S.M., & Taylor, G.K. (2009). The typical flight performance of blowflies: measuring the normal performance envelope of Calliphora vicina using a novel corner-cube arena. PLoS One, 4(11), e7852.

Walker, S.M., Thomas, A.L.R., & Taylor, G.K. (2009). Deformable wing kinematics in free-flying hoverflies  J. Roy. Soc. Interface, 7(42), 131-142.

Walker, S.M., Thomas, A.L.R., & Taylor, G.K. (2009). Deformable wing kinematics in the desert locust: How and why do camber, twist and topography vary through the stroke? J. Roy. Soc. Interface, 6(38), 735-747.

Walker, S.M., Thomas, A.L.R., & Taylor, G.K. (2009). Photogrammetric reconstruction of high-resolution surface topographies and deformable wing kinematics of tethered locusts and free-flying hoverflies. J. Roy. Soc. Interface, 6(33), 351-366.

Taylor, G.K. (2008). Flight control of insects (in Japanese). In: T. Shimozawa, ed., Insect Mimetics, Vol. 3 of Advanced Biomimetic Series, pp 678-684, NTS Inc., Tokyo.

Taylor, G.K., Bacic, M., Bomphrey, R.J., Carruthers, A.C., Gillies, J.A., Walker, S.M., Thomas, A.L.R. (2008). New experimental approaches to the biology of flight control systems. J. Exp. Biol., 211(2), 258-266.

Carruthers, A.C., Thomas, A.L.R., & Taylor, G.K. (2007). Automatic aeroelastic devices in the wings of a steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis. J. Exp. Biol., 210(23), 4136-4149.

Taylor, G.K. (2007). Modelling the effects of unsteady flow phenomena on flapping flight dynamics— stability & control. In: R. Liebe, ed., Flow phenomena in Nature: a challenge to engineering design, Vol. 1, pp 155-166, WIT Press, Southampton.

Taylor, G.K., & Krapp, H.G. (2007). Sensory systems and flight stability: what do insects measure and why? Adv. Insect Physiol., 34, 231-316.

Bomphrey, R.J., Taylor, G.K., Thomas, A.L.R., & Lawson, N.J. (2006). Digital particle image velocimetry measurements of the downwash distribution of a desert locust Schistocerca gregaria. J. Roy. Soc. Interface, 3(7), 311-317.

Bomphrey, R.J., Lawson, N.J., Taylor, G.K., & Thomas, A.L.R. (2006). Application of digital particle image velocimetry to insect aerodynamics: Measurement of the leading-edge vortex and near wake of a hawkmoth. Exp. Fluids, 40(4), 546-554.

Bomphrey, R.J., Harding, N.J., Taylor, G.K., Thomas, A.L.R., & Lawson, N.J. (2005). The aerodynamics of Manduca sexta: digital particle image velocimetry analysis of the leading-edge vortex. J. Exp. Biol., 208(6), 1079-1094.

Taylor, G.K. (2005). Flight muscles and flight dynamics: towards an integrative framework. Anim. Biol., 55(1), 81-99.

Taylor, G.K., & Zbikowski, R.W. (2005). Nonlinear time-periodic models of the longitudinal flight dynamics of desert locusts Schistocerca gregaria. J. Roy. Soc. Interface, 2(3), 197-221.

Nudds, R.L., Taylor, G.K., & Thomas, A.L.R. (2004). Tuning of Strouhal number for high propulsive efficiency accurately predicts how wingbeat frequency and stroke amplitude relate and scale with size and flight speed in birds. Proc. Roy. Soc. B, 271(1552), 2071-2076.

Thomas, A.L.R., Taylor, G.K., Srygley, R.B., Nudds, R.L., & Bomphrey, R.J. (2004). Dragonfly flight: Free-flight and tethered flow visualizations reveal a diverse array of unsteady lift-generating mechanisms, controlled primarily via angle of attack. J. Exp. Biol., 207(24), 4299-4323.

Taylor, G.K., & Thomas, A.L.R. (2003). Dynamic flight stability in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria. J. Exp. Biol., 206(16), 2803-2829.

Taylor, G.K., Nudds, R.L., & Thomas, A.L.R. (2003). Flying and swimming animals cruise at a Strouhal number tuned for high power efficiency. Nature, 425(6959), 707-711.

Taylor, G.K., & Thomas, A.L.R. (2003). Erratum: Animal flight dynamics II. Longitudinal stability in flapping flight. J. Theor. Biol. (2002) 214 (351-370)). J. Theor. Biol., 221(4), 671.

Taylor, G.K., & Thomas, A.L.R. (2002). Animal flight dynamics II. Longitudinal stability in flapping flight. J. Theor. Biol., 214(3), 351-370.

Srygley, R.B., Thomas, A.L.R. (2002). Unconventional lift-generating mechanisms in free-flying butterflies. Nature 420(6916), 660-664.

Thomas, A.L.R., & Taylor, G.K. (2001). Animal flight dynamics I. Stability in gliding flight. J. Theor. Biol., 212(3), 399-424.

Taylor, G.K. (2001). Mechanics and aerodynamics of insect flight control. Biol. Rev., 76(4), 449-471.

Balmford, A., Lewis M.J., Brooke, M. de L., Thomas, A.L.R. and Johnson, C.N. (2000). Experimental analyses of sexual and natural selection on short tails in a polygynous warbler. Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 267(1448), 1121-1128.

Garner, J.P., Taylor, G.K., & Thomas, A.L.R. (1999). On the origins of birds: The sequence of character acquisition in the evolution of avian flight. Proc. Roy. Soc. B, 266(1425), 1259-1266.

Thomas, A.L.R., Hedenström, A. (1998). The optimum flight speeds of flying animals. J. Avian Biol. 29(4), 469-477.

Garner, J.P., Thomas, A.L.R. (1998) Counting the fingers of birds and dinosaurs. Science 280(5362), 355.

Thomas, A.L.R., Rowe, L. (1998). Experimental tests on tail elongation and sexual selection in swallows (Hirundo rustica) do not affect the tail streamer and cannot test its function. Behav. Ecol. 8(5), 580-581.

Ellington, C.P., van den Berg, C., Willmott, A.P., Thomas, A.L.R. (1996). Leading-edge vortices in insect flight. Nature 384, 626–630.