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.
Jonathan Rader - Graduate student
Jonathan joined the lab after completing an M.Sc. at the University of Wyoming on the morphology and ecology of Cinclodes ovenbirds. He is broadly interested in the mechanics, physiology and ecological consequences of animal movement, and in the evolutionary forces that have shaped them. He is especially interested in form-function relationships, and major evolutionary transitions in vertebrate locomotion and hopes to study these in the context of the flight apparatus.
Pranav Khandelwal - Graduate student
With a major in Physics and minor in Biology, my interests lie at the interface of the two. Understanding animal behavior along with deconstructing the physical basis of motion are the areas I would like to delve in to. Currently, I am exploring various projects in the lab dealing with flight stability in hawkmoths to group behavior in Chimney Swifts.
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, Ryan Shelton, Katherine Sholtis, Dwight Springthorpe, TJ Tkacik, Laura Vollenweider, Sarah Wright