Prof Adrian Thomas
Professor of Biomechanics
Tutorial Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall
Email: 
adrian.thomas@zoo.ox.ac.uk
Telephone: 
+44 (0)1865 271208
Research interests: 

My research interest is at the interface between evolution and fluid dynamics. I use aerodynamics or hydrodynamics to make testable predictions about the designs of flying or swimming animals. I then use experimental and comparative techniques to explore the pathways of evolution under constraints imposed by the physical environment and biomechanics.

Publication list

Taylor, G. K., & Thomas A. L. R. (2014).  Evolutionary Biomechanics: Selection, Phylogeny, and Constraint.
Reynolds, K.V., Thomas A.L.R., & Taylor G.K. (2014).  Wing tucks are a response to atmospheric turbulence in the steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis. J. Roy. Soc. Interface 11(101), 20140645.
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, 1194-1207.
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, 377-386.
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, 855-864.
Walker, S. M., Thomas A. L. R., & Taylor G. K. (2010).  Deformable wing kinematics in free-flying hoverflies. J. Roy. Soc. Interface 7, 131-142.
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, 673-680.
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, 1549-1552.
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, 735-747.
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, 811-821.
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, 351-366.
Taylor, G. K., Bacic M., Bomphrey R. J., Carruthers A. C., Gillies J., Walker S. M., & Thomas A. L. R. (2008).  New experimental approaches to the biology of flight control systems. J. Exp. Biol. 211, 258-66.

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