Research Interests – mechanical design in organisms
Biomechanics is the application of engineering principles to an understanding of the relationship between form and function in plants and animals. I am particularly interested in the agronomic and ecological aspects of plant biomechanics, the mechanical behaviour of the equine hoof wall and porcine long bones and the biomechanics of plant-animal interactions. To find out more click on the following links:
Mechanical design: scrambling-ascending growth habits
The effects of mechanical stress on plant growth
Mechanical design of birds’ nests
- Birds use structural properties when selecting materials for different parts of their nests
- Composition of bird nests is a species-specific characteristic
- Construction patterns of birds’ nests provide insight into nest-building behaviours.
- Morphology and biomechanics of the nests of the Common Blackbird Turdus merula
- Regional variation in the mechanical properties of the porcine femur
- Regional variation in the microhardness of the porcine femur
Postgraduate Research Opportunities
If you are interested in undertaking postgraduate research in areas relating to the previously described work please feel free to email me to inquire about current opportunities.