Welcome to the Hedrick Lab at UNC!
New Hedrick Lab publication: 3D trajectories and network analyses of group behaviour within Chimney Swift flocks during approaches to the roost by Dennis J. Evangelista, Dylan D. Ray, Sathish K. Raja and Tyson L. Hedrick was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Read it here, grab the dataset or read about the work in Science News.
Miller and Hedrick lab graduate student Shannon Jones completed her Ph.D. and has started a postdoctoral position at UNC!
Hedrick lab postdoc Dennis Evangelista started a tenure-track faculty position at the US Naval Academy! Congrats Dennis!
Hedrick lab PhD student Jeremy Greeter's paper Direct lateral maneuvers in hawkmoths was recently published in the journal Biology Open! Read it here!
New Hedrick Lab undergraduate research publication: Field Flight Dynamics of Hummingbirds during Territory Encroachment and Defense by Katherine M. Sholis, Ryan M. Shelton and Tyson L. Hedrick was recently published in the journal PLoS ONE. Read it here!
New collaborative publication: Western and Clark's grebes use novel strategies for running on water by Glenna T Clifton, Tyson L Hedrick and Andrew A Biewener was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Read it here or take a look at the grebes in action on the JEB issue cover.
Hedrick Lab research and collaborations on animal flight control, stability and guidance were featured in two concurrent articles by Nsikan Akpan in Science News, one on animal-inspired flight control and one on Barn and Cliff Swallow flight!
New collaborative publication: Wing-pitching mechanism of hovering Ruby-throated hummingbirds by Jialei Song, Haoxiang Luo, and Tyson L. Hedrick was recently published in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics - Read it here!
Hedrick Lab PhD student Jonathan Rader's paper Morphological divergence in a continental adaptive radiation: South American ovenbirds of the genus Cinclodes was published in the journal The Auk.
Hedrick Lab research on the chimney swift flock roosting in downtown Raleigh, NC was featured in a front page article by Jay Price in the Raleigh News and Observer newspaper.
Hedrick Lab PhD student Pranav Khandelwal's paper Fabrication of a novel biomaterial with enhanced mechanical and conducting properties was published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.
Hedrick Lab postdoc Dennis Evangelista's paper Ontogeny of aerial righting and wing flapping in juvenile birds was just published in Biology Letters!
New collaborative publication: Three-dimensional flow and lift characteristics of a hovering ruby-throated hummingbird by Jialei Song, Haoxiang Luo, and Tyson L. Hedrick was recently published in Journal of The Royal Society Interface! Read it here or see the video and commentary on from Nick Stockton on Wired.com.
New Hedrick Lab publication: The mechanics and behavior of Cliff Swallows during tandem flights by Ryan M. Shelton, Brandon E. Jackson and Tyson L. Hedrick was recently published in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Read it here or take a look at the video and commentary by Nsikan Akpan in Science News and also the article in the Raleigh News & Observer by Reid Creager.
New Hedrick Lab publication: Hawkmoth flight performance in tornado-like whirlwind vortices by Victor Manuel Ortega-Jimenez, Rajat Mittal and Tyson L. Hedrick was published in a special issue on Bioinspired Flight Control in the journal Bioinspiration & Biomimetics. Read it here and also check out the BBC article on this research. Finally, see the moths flying in the whirlwind vortices on YouTube!
Congratulations to Ryan Shelton, who graduated from UNC with a Masters of Science degree in Biology!
New Hedrick lab publication: Hawkmoth flight stability in turbulent vortex streets by Victor Manuel Ortega-Jimenez, Jeremy S.M. Greeter, Rajat Mittal and Tyson L. Hedrick was recently published in The Journal of Experimental Biology- read it here! or watch a video about this project on YouTube!
Dennis Evangelista joined the Hedrick lab as a postdoctoral researcher studying group behavior in flying animals.
New collaborative publication: A comparative study of the hovering efficiency of flapping and revolving wings by Lingxiao Zheng, Tyson L. Hedrick and Rajat Mittal was recently published in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics - read it here!
New collaborative publication: Time-Varying Wing-Twist Improves Aerodynamic Efficiency of Forward Flight in Butterflies by Lingxiao Zheng, Tyson L. Hedrick and Rajat Mittal was recently published in the open-access journal PLoS One - read it here!
Prof. Hedrick joined the editorial board of the Journal of Theoretical Biology
Victor M. Ortega joined the Hedrick lab as a postdoctoral researcher where he will examine flow perturbations to hawkmoths.
New collaborative publication: The significance of moment-of-inertia variation in flight manoeuvres of butterflies by Tiras Lin, Lingxiao Zheng, Tyson L. Hedrick and Rajat Mittal was recently published in the journal Bioinspiration and Biomimetics - read it here!
New Hedrick Lab publication: Neuromuscular and biomechanical compensation for wing asymmetry in insect hovering flight by María José Fernández, Dwight Springthorpe and Tyson L. Hedrick was just published in The Journal of Experimental Biology - read it here!
New collaborative publication: Reconfiguration and the reduction of vortex-induced vibrations in broad leaves by Laura A. Miller, Arvind Santhanakrishnan, Shannon Jones, Christina Hamlet, Keith Mertens and Luoding Zhu was just published in The Journal of Experimental Biology - read it here!
New Hedrick Lab publication: Neuromuscular control of free-flight yaw turns in the hawkmoth Manduca sexta by Dwight Springthorpe, María José Fernández and Ty Hedrick, now available in The Journal of Experimental Biology - read it here!
Congratulations to Jeremy Greeter on receiving a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship!
Hummers fly with a twist: A collaborative Hedrick lab paper using high-speed X-ray videography to visualize the hummingbird flight stroke just came out in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, you can also read about it in Nature News.
New Hedrick Lab publication: A collabarative study between the Hedrick lab and Purdue's Bio-robotics laboratory on the aerodynamics and control of free-flight maneuvers in hawkmoths has just been published in the Journal of Experimental Biology - read it here!
New Hedrick Lab publication: A Journal of Experimental Biology commentary on damping in flapping flight and its consequences for animal diversity and evolution has just been published - read it here!
PhD student Ryan Shelton is rotating through the Hedrick lab as he explores the world of comparative biomechanics at UNC
Dwight Springthorpe left to start as a PhD student in the Poly-PEDAL lab at UC Berkeley
PhD student Shannon Jones joined the Hedrick lab (and the Miller lab) from the BBSP
Lab technician Brad Dickerson has started a Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Washington. Go Brad!