Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory

Tatjana is a Research Fellow in the Structure and Motion Lab. Tatjana's research interest covers the mechanics of terrestrial locomotion as well as the mechanics and aerodynamics of animal flight.


Tatjana graduated in 2000 with a Diplom (MA) in Biology from the Saarland University in Germany. She completed her PhD in the aerodynamics of flapping flight at the Darmstadt University in 2006. Tatjana then became a postdoctoral associate at Brown University investigating the kinematics and aerodynamics of bats.

At the RVC Tatjana's research interests include bipedal locomotion in humans and birds and currently her research focuses on the hunting performance of cheetahs and other large African predators.

Hubel, T. Y., Hristov, N. I., Swartz, S. M. and Breuer, K. S. (2016). Wake structure and kinematics in two insectivorous bats. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 371.

Hubel, T.Y., Myatt, J.P., Jordan, N.R., Dewhirst, O.P., McNutt, J.W. & Wilson, A.M. (2016). Additive opportunistic capture explains group hunting benefits in African wild dogs. Nat Commun, 7. (doi:10.1038/ncomms11033).

Hubel, T.Y., Myatt, J.P., Jordan, N.R., Dewhirst, O.P., McNutt, J.W. & Wilson, A.M. (2016). Energy cost and return for hunting in African wild dogs and cheetahs. Nat Commun, 7. (doi:10.1038/ncomms11034).

Harvey, R. J., Roskilly, K., Buse, C., Evans, H. K., Hubel, T. Y. and Wilson, A. M. (2016). Determining position, velocity and acceleration of free-ranging animals with a low-cost unmanned aerial system. The Journal of Experimental Biology 219, 2687-2692.

Dewhirst, O. P., Evans, H. K., Roskilly, K., Harvey, R. J., Hubel, T. Y. and Wilson, A. M. (2016). Improving the accuracy of estimates of animal path and travel distance using GPS drift-corrected dead reckoning. Ecology and Evolution.

Hubel, T. Y., & Usherwood, J. R. (2015). Children and adults minimise activated muscle volume by selecting gait parameters that balance gross mechanical power and work demands. Journal of Experimental Biology, 218 (18), 2830-2839.

Portugal, S. J., Hubel, T. Y., Fritz, J., Heese, S., Trobe, D., Voelkl, B., ... & Usherwood, J. R. (2014). Upwash exploitation and downwash avoidance by flap phasing in ibis formation flight. Nature, 505 (7483), 399-402.

Hubel, T. Y., & Usherwood, J. R. (2013). Vaulting mechanics successfully predict decrease in walk–run transition speed with incline. Biology letters, 9 (2), 20121121.

Usherwood, J.,Hubel, T.Y. (2012). Energetically optimal running requires torques about centre of mass. J R Soc Interface. 2012 Jan. doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0145.

Hubel, T.Y., Hristov, N.I., Swartz, S. and Breuer, K. (2012).Changes in kinematics and aerodynamics over a range of speeds in Tadarida brasiliensis, the Brazilian free-tailed bat. J R Soc Interface. 2012 Jan 18. (doi: 10.1098/?rsif.2011.0838).

Hubel, T.Y., Riskin, D., Swartz, S. and Breuer, K. (2010). Wake structure and Kinematics – the flight of the Lesser dog-faced fruit bat Cynopterus brachyotis. Journal of Experimental Biology 213: 3427-3440.

Hubel, T.Y., Tropea, C. (2010). The importance of leading edge vortices under simplified flapping flight conditions at the size scale of birds. Journal of Experimental Biology, 213: 1930-1939.

Hubel, T.Y., Hristov, N., Swartz, S. and Breuer, K. (2009). Time-resolved wake structure and kinematics of bat flight. Experiments in Fluids 46, 933-943.

Hubel, T.Y., Tropea, C. (2009). Experimental investigation of a flapping wing model. Experiments in Fluids 46, 945-961.

Riskin, D. K., Bahlman, J. W., Hubel, T. Y., Ratcliffe, J. M., Kunz, T. H. and Swartz, S. M. (2009). Bats go head-under-heels: the biomechanics of landing on a ceiling. Journal of Experimental Biology 212, 945-953.

Hubel, T.Y., Tropea C. (2004). Aerodynamics and wake structure of flapping wings, Fortschritt-Berichte VDI, Reihe 15, Nr. 249, VDI-Verlag, Düsseldorf.

Hubel, T.Y., Tropea C. (2004). Wirbelbildung hinter schlagenden Tragflächen. In: Rossmann T & Tropea C, Bionik - neue Forschungsergebnisse aus Natur-, Ingenieur- und Geisteswissenschaft. Springer, Heidelberg Berlin.

Hubel, T.Y., Tropea C. (2002). Untersuchungen zur instationären Aerodynamik an einem flügelschlagenden Modell, In: Wisser, A., Nachtigall, W. (Eds.): BIONA-report 16, Akad. Wiss. Lit. Mainz, GTTB, Saarbrücken, pp. 184-188.

Hubel, T.Y., Kesel A. B., Nachtigall W. (2000). Einfluß der Hinterkantengeometrie auf die aerodynamische Performance biologischer Tragflächen. In: Wisser, A., Nachtigall, W. (Eds.): BIONA-report 14, Akad. Wiss. Lit. Mainz, GTTB, Saarbrücken, pp. 174-176.

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