Research in the Animal Flight Group
We study biomechanical, behavioral, physiological and ecological aspects of flight in birds, bats and insects. One main avenue of research is movement ecology. In these studies, we typically collect data using tracking devices placed on the animals (e.g., the ATLAS system in the Hula Valley in NE Israel, and other types of GPS and light-sensing tags) or by using various types of radars (weather radars, specialized bird- and insect-detecting radars). Other research topics in our group address biomechanical aspects of flight, such as flight kinematics during foraging movements in hummingbirds, and physiological aspects, such as, and life-history processes such as feather moult strategies.