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:



Mechanical design: scrambling-ascending growth habits

The effects of mechanical stress on plant growth

Anchorage mechanics

Fibre crops


Mechanical design of birds’ nests

Bone mechanics

Keratin mechanics

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.

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