RESEARCH

Research themes

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.

BIOMECHANICS OF REVERSIBLE ADHESION

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

Evolution of advanced 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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