Skip to content Skip to navigation

Doug Altshuler - Biomechanics of maneuvering flight in hummingbirds, Blinks Lecture

March 2, 2018 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Hopkins Marine Station, Boat Works Lecture Hall

free and open to public

From his website: One of the most remarkable adaptations in animals is the ability to fly. Birds, bats and insects are among the most successful of terrestrial organisms, and their colonization of diverse habitats and ecological roles provides a rich context for studies of animal behaviour and ecology. The study of how animals fly is an intrinsically multidisciplinary field that involves aspects of aerodynamics, physiology, and neuroscience. Although most flight research concerns either mechanisms or ecological interactions, flight behaviour provides a powerful yet experimentally tractable system with which to merge reductionist and comparative approaches to understand how complex locomotion is accomplished, and how variation in locomotor performance influences higher-order behaviours. We aim to integrate approaches ranging from laboratory experiments to evolutionary comparisons because understanding the mechanisms of flight control also requires understanding the historical forces that have shaped it. Conversely, to evaluate the mechanisms by which ecological changes result in biological adaptations requires a well-described system that can be studied in different environments.

Event Sponsor: 
Hopkins Marine Station
Contact Phone: 
831-655-6200

This event belongs to the following series