Come and visit us in the Department of Bioengineering.
Welcome to the
Evolutionary Biomechanics Group!
Welcome to Hendrik and Natalie!
Two new members!
December 2020
Biorxiv Journal
Ever wondered how pitcher plants make insects aquaplane? New paper, hot off the press.
November 2020
Old habits die hard... socially-distanced Pasta Friday to welcome Victor and Tanel to the group!
November 2020
Happy 1st PhD-day Liv!
                                        This year, the Schultüte has to help against starter nervousness and COVID...
October 2020
Congratulations to Fabi,
who won the Imperial College PhD Showcase Competition. Watch him explain in three minutes how he taught his computer to study leaf-cutter ants...
July 2020
Watch the full Video
...With all the necessary PPE, of course!
We are back!
April 2020
Happy New Year, and a well deserved rest for EvoBiomech and friends!
January 2020
Reporting from Austin Texas, for the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology!
January 2020
Welcome Fabi!
Joining us for his PhD, using Computer vision & Machine learning methods to study behaviour in eusocial insects
October 2019
How do climbing animals run with sticky feet? The short answer is: we don't really know... The slightly longer answer, hot off the press:
September 2019
Who sticks better?
Year 9 students tested the strength of commercial adhesives and compared them to insect pads.
As always, insects won.
August 2019
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!

Our research
The biomechanics of insect herbivory

We study how mechanical constraints influence the performance and behaviour of the prime consumer of plant material throughout the neotropics – the leaf-cutter ants.

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The physics of attachment in climbing animals

We investigate the fundamental principles that allow arthropods and small vertebrates to run with sticky feet.

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The evolution of advanced biological materials

We are interested in the structure-function relationship of high-performance biological materials, for example the minerals of avian eggshell, or the keratin of the fingernails of primates.

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We currently have one open PhD position (advertisement)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.


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