Research interests

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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:

Plants

Mechanical design: scrambling-ascending growth habits

The effects of mechanical stress on plant growth

Anchorage mechanics

Fibre crops

Animals

Mechanical design of birds’ nests

Bone mechanics

Keratin mechanics

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