Key publications

A selection of what we, and others, consider to be some of our most important or defining outputs.

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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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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., 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). Dynamic flight stability in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria. J. Exp. Biol., 206(16), 2803-2829.

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