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
Tuning of Strouhal number for high propulsive efficiency accurately predicts how wingbeat frequency and stroke amplitude relate and scale with size and flight speed in birds. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 271, 2071-2076. (2004).
Flying and swimming animals cruise at a Strouhal number tuned for high power efficiency. Nature 425, 707-711. (2003).
Dynamic flight stability in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria. J. Exp. Biol. 206, 2803-2829. (2003).
Animal flight dynamics II. Longitudinal stability in flapping flight. J. Theor. Biol. 214, 351-370. (2002).
Animal flight dynamics I. Stability in gliding flight. J. Theor. Biol. 212, 399-424. (2001).
Mechanics and aerodynamics of insect flight control. Biol. Rev. 76, 449-471. (2001).
On the origins of birds: the sequence of character acquisition in the evolution of avian flight. Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. B. 266, 1259-1266. (1999).