My research studies the kinematics of free flight in insects with a specific focus on Drosophila melanogaster and Calliphora vicina and the overall aim is to understand and model, both descriptively and comparatively, how their wing motions translate into the different manoeuvres that they are capable of performing. I employ high-speed multi-camera footage of my subjects in flight and use specialised tracking software to extract detailed coordinates of the motions made by the wings both in space and during the wing beat. I hope my research will answer crucial questions about the involvement of wing twist motion and timing in flight, as well as contribute to the body of research that serves to further the development of micro air vehicles
Apart from my research activity, I am a dedicated science communicator in my spare time and regularly participate in outreach and public engagement events. I also create my own online content for the purpose of disseminating science.