My research interest at UC Berkeley is to evaluate the flight abilities of hummingbirds on complex fluids, like rain or Kármán vortices produced by an air flow passing through a tree trunk.
I am interested in how morphology allows organisms to perform as well as they do, and in using details of locomotion to illuminate their behavior and ecology.
My current focuses cover the biomechanics, ecology and
evolution of flight and other controlled aerial behaviors (e.g. directed aerial descent and aerial righting) in stick insects, conducted through a
combination of lab work in UC Berkeley and fieldwork in tropical SE Asia.