Brown University in 1997 where he worked in Dr. Sharon Swartz's laboratory. After a two year detour in the software industry, he began a Ph.D. in Biology at Harvard University where he worked under Dr. Andrew Biewener at the Concord Field Station. After completing his thesis, Aerodynamics, biomechanics and neuromuscular control of avian flight, he received a Ph.D. in June of 2004. He then worked as a postdoctoral research assistant with Dr. Thomas Daniel at the University of Washington with funding from the National Science Foundation and DARPA. Ty started his latest job as an Assistant Professor in the University of North Carolina Department of Biology in July, 2007.
Dennis Evangelista - Postdoctoral researcher
Dennis joined the lab in summer 2013 after completing a Ph.D. at University of California, Berkeley where he studied aerial maneuvering, stability and control, during ontogeny and evolution and other topics. Previously, Dennis received degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering from MIT and the Naval Postgraduate School. His general interests include biomechanics, locomotion and control in variable and extreme environments, fast movements in plants, ecomechanics and evolution. Here at UNC, he support ongoing research projects in group behavior in flying animals.
Jeremy Greeter - Graduate student
Jeremy graduated from the University of Miami with a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Physics. He is studying flight stability and control in hawkmoths (Manduca sexta).
Shannon Jones - Graduate student
Shannon is a third year Ph.D. student in UNC's Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program working jointly in the Hedrick lab and Mathematical Physiology Group. Shannon is currently examining how plants respond to fluid dynamic forces.
Ryan Shelton - Graduate student
After exploring career options in non-profits, counseling, and restaurant management, Ryan has returned to science as a Biology Ph.D. student. He started with a BS in Biology from Duke University in 2003, moved to Harvard as a technician with George Lauder in 2010, and is now in Ty Hedrick's Lab at UNC. Ryan is exploring a variety of possible thesis topics.
Current undergraduate researchers and technicians:
Evan Bluhm, Pavel Chtcheprov, Nick Deluga, Brad Dickerson, Ellis Driver, María José Fernández, Jaime Isetts, Brandon Jackson, Thuy Nguyen, Victor Ortega, Laura Pianowski, Shanthi Ravi, Alice Robinson, Rikki Schroeder, Dwight Springthorpe, TJ Tkacik, Sarah Wright