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Research interests


I am a computational zoologist interested in the use of numerical and robotic techniques for investigating comparative anatomy, fossil behaviour and biomechanics. I have a background in human and comparative functional anatomy, and scientific industrial experience in image analysis and computer modelling.

Current Research

My primary interest is in the evolution of the locomotor system and I am currently working on the mechanics and control of velocity change (starting, stopping and turning) which involves both experimental biomechanics and computer modelling in a range of organisms (humans, non-human primates, birds, dinosaurs, turtles and spiders). I am also working on several non-locomotor biomechanics project including hand use and breathing mechanics. I have developed a number of novel computational approaches to investigate animal mechanics including video based 3D photogrammetry and multibody dynamic models in a high performance computing context. I am also working on multidimensional image processing to enable better visualisation of multi-spectral images using optical and other information sources. This has applications in reading ancient manuscripts and visualising the chemical signatures of fossilised soft tissues revealed using synchrotron x-ray fluorescence.


I ma always interested in collaborations and potential PhD projects on any aspect of animal locomotion, biomimetics and vertebrate palaeontology.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Areas of expertise

  • QL Zoology
  • biomechanics
  • computer simulation
  • gait analysis
  • palaeontology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Digital Futures


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