Biophysics and Soft Matter Seminar

Biomechanics and neural control of maneuvering flight

Monday, 28 October 2019 01:30PM PDT
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Biophysics and Soft Matter Seminar

Doug Altshuler
University of British Columbia

Biomechanics and neural control of maneuvering flight

Oct 28, 2019 at 1:30pm in P8445.2

Synopsis

My research program is motivated by fascination with bird flight. My laboratory group uses a multi-disciplinary approach that includes biomechanics, physiology, and neuroscience to examine flight ability. Our current research is organized around two topics: 1) how birds morph their wings and what benefits this provides; and 2) how optic flow signals are encoded in the avian brain and used to guide their flight. As we gain understanding of flight mechanisms, we further endeavor to apply comparative approaches that provide deeper insight into avian ecology and evolution.