My research deals with the dynamics and control of flight in birds and insects, but reflects a broader interest in the dynamics of biological systems in general. With the publication of my recent monograph Evolutionary Biomechanics: Selection, Phylogeny, and Constraint, I have begun publishing on evolutionary theory, taking biomechanics as a lens through which to view the evolutionary process. I am Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of Zoology, and am the Peter Brunet Fellow and Tutor in Biological Sciences at Jesus College. I previously held an RCUK Academic Felowship (2006-2011), a Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2004-2009), a Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Research Fellowship (2002–2004), and the Weir Junior Research Fellowship (2002–2005) at University College, Oxford. My research team is funded principally by a €2M ERC Starting Grant on the Dynamics and Control of Bird and Insect Flight, as well as by grants from Dstl and EOARD, and through studentships from the EPSRC and BBSRC.
Prof Graham Taylor
Professor of Mathematical Biology
Peter Brunet Fellow in Biological Sciences, Jesus College
+44 (0)1865 271219
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).
Animal Locomotion: the Physics of Flying; the Hydrodynamics of Swimming. (2010).
Insect flight control. (Blockley, R., & Shyy W., Ed.).Encyclopedia of Aerospace Engineering (2010).
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).
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, 1379-1382. (2010).
Details of insect wing design and deformation enhance aerodynamic function and flight efficiency. Science 325, 1549-1552. (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. (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. (2009).
Smoke visualization of free-flying bumblebees indicates independent leading-edge vortices on each wing pair. Exp. Fluids 46, 811-821. (2009).