Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology
Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory
Jim is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Locomotor Biomechanics at the Structure & Motion Laboratory. Jim's research interests cover the mechanics of both terrestrial and aerial locomotion. See his website for detail on his research.
Jim's research interests cover the mechanics of both terrestrial and aerial locomotion. His main focus is a 5-year Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Basic Biomedical Science develop the 'Muscle-Mechanical Compromise Framework'. He is also a co-Investigator on a grant with Richard Bomphrey funded by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research 'Avian-Inspired Multifunctional Morphing Air Vehicles: Underpinning Biological Research'
My Google Scholar profile HERE keeps a fairly complete and current list with links. Do email me if you cannot download the papers through this.
We are measuring dynamic morphing in bird wings using modern computer vision approaches to develop dynamic three-dimensional surfaces. Using these models, we are exploring kinematic patterns of force generation, identifying mechanisms of gust rejection and recovery, and performing computational fluid dynamics to understand how forces are produced and distributed. These results will shed new insight into the interplay between passive/active wing morphing and aerodynamic force generation and may lead to a new generation of aircraft.
Measuring the detailed movement and relative location of individual animals within groups has, up to now, not been possible in most situations. The CARDyAL project has been designed to open a new field of research in this area, and in so doing to develop tools and methods that can be used in many other applications.
Stepping Into Science is part of Dr Jim Usherwood’s Wellcome Trust funded research and combines public engagement with data collection.