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.
Prof Adrian Thomas
Professor of Biomechanics
Tutorial Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall
+44 (0)1865 271208
Evolutionary Biomechanics: Selection, Phylogeny, and Constraint. (2014).
Wing tucks are a response to atmospheric turbulence in the steppe eagle Aquila nipalensis. J. Roy. Soc. Interface 11(101), 20140645. (2014).
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).
Aerodynamics of aerofoil sections measured on a free-flying bird. Proc. Inst. Mech. Eng. G J. Aero. Eng. 224, 855-864. (2010).
Deformable wing kinematics in free-flying hoverflies. J. Roy. Soc. Interface 7, 131-142. (2010).
Mechanics and aerodynamics of perching manoeuvres in a large bird of prey. Aero. J. 114, 673-680. (2010).
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. (2009).
Smoke visualization of free-flying bumblebees indicates independent leading-edge vortices on each wing pair. Exp. Fluids 46, 811-821. (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. (2009).
Details of insect wing design and deformation enhance aerodynamic function and flight efficiency. Science 325, 1549-1552. (2009).
New experimental approaches to the biology of flight control systems. J. Exp. Biol. 211, 258-66. (2008).