SEB 100y

100y Society of Experimental Biology!

After an exciting Annual Conference in Edinburgh, some of us celebrated the SEB 100th anniversary at the Centenary Dinner in London.

Special Issue

Special issue featuring two new papers by Freddie, Victor and Liv!
Leaf-cutter ants are famously good at cutting leaves with their mandibles. But how sharp are they mandibles really, and how flexible is their movement?


New paper headed up by Fabi, René, Henny and Natalie!
Tired of annotating images in computer-vision aided animal research? Say hello to replicAnt, a pipeline for generating annotated images of animals in complex environments using Unreal Engine

5 Years Celebration

5 Years of EvoBiomech
The lab celebrates 5 years of research at Imperial by checking out London's best breweries in Bermondsey!

PhD Completed - Hat awarded

Freshly baked doctors!
Freddie and Andrea have successfully survived their viva examinations and are celebrated with "traditional" German PhD hats!

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Biologists are concerned with life, and engineers study technology.  Biomechanics is where both meet, as it is the study of the technology of living things. No living creature, no matter how complex, can escape the laws of physics. In the Evolutionary Biomechanics Group, we exploit these universal constraints to study the performance, behaviour and evolution of various organisms.

To this end, we employ a large spectrum of methodological approaches from engineering and physics, build our own experimental rigs to measure forces and deformations at small scales, conduct analytical and numerical modelling, and generally try to work in an integrative and comparative framework. Our multi-disciplinary research is often conducted in close collaboration with a number of laboratories and non-academic institutions, such as zoos, all over the world. Get in touch if you want to know more, or even do some work with us!

Research themes


We study how mechanical constraints influence the performance and behaviour of the prime consumer of plant material throughout the neotropics:
leafcutter ants


We investigate the fundamental principles that allow arthropods and small vertebrates to stick to even the smoothest surfaces by using controllable sticky feet.

BIOMECHANICS OF Insect Locomotion & robotics-informed biology

We seek to understand the fundamental mechanical principles that govern the diversity of terrestrial locomotion in arthropods.

Physical limits to muscle-driven motion

We use dimensional analyses and mechanical modelling to uncover shared physical constraints on muscle-driven motion across animal body size and environments.


We are also always excited to hear from curious prospective postdoctoral researchers and collaborators from all scientific disciplines. We have experience in obtaining funding from a variety of sources, so please get in touch if you like what we do, and/or have an idea that you think would fit within our research interests. We are seeking PhD students for Fall 2024 (topic flexible!). Email David directly of you want to know more!

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