Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences
Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory
John is an electronics and software design engineer, focusing on the design and implementation of custom electronic systems to support the research carried out within the Structure & Motion Lab.
John's main focus is the design and implementation of custom electronic systems and devices to support the research carried out within the Structure & Motion Lab.
Current work is focused on the design and deployment of advanced location and activity monitoring collars to track the grazing and migratory activity of populations of zebra, wildebeest, and other herbivores in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. Additional work has involved the design and integration of electronic systems in the Lab’s aerial survey aircraft, based in Botswana, which is used for large-scale aerial LiDAR and photogrammetric survey of the Botswana habitat.
Other recent work has involved the application of similar collar technology to investigate the hunting behaviour and locomotion dynamics of wild cheetah, leopard, lion, and African hunting dogs, again in the Okavango Delta region, as part of a collaborative project with the Botswana Predator Conservation Trust. Previous work has included miniaturised GPS/Inertial logging systems for investigations into bird flight dynamics.
John is a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
- Wilson AM, Hubel TY, Wilshin SD, Lowe JC, Lorenc M, Dewhirst OP, Bartlam-Brooks HLA, Diack R, Bennitt E, Golabek KA, Woledge RC, McNutt JW, Curtin NA, West TG. Biomechanics of predator-prey arms race in lion, zebra, cheetah and impala. (2018) Nature. 554: 183-188.
- Wilson AM, Lowe JC, Roskilly K, Hudson PE, Golabek KA, McNutt JW. Locomotion dynamics of hunting in wild cheetahs. (2013). Nature. 498: 185-189.
- Usherwood JR, Stavrou M, Lowe JC, Roskilly K, Wilson AM. Flying in a flock comes at a cost in pigeons. (2011). Nature. 474: 494-497.
Following the success of our modified research aircraft in our LOCATE project, the ERC-funded AIRSCAN project allows us to commercialise and make available the modifications developed for a modular, single-operator aerial survey and data acquisition airplane: the Trail ADAP. The potential users for this technologically-advanced yet undemanding aerial data acquisition platform include government, NGOs, companies and individuals, with applications ranging from mapping, survey data collection, conservation, academic research and many more.
Professor Alan Wilson leads a team of researchers in the southern African savannah to identify how speed, manoeuvring and habitat impact the hunting and evasion practices of carnivores and their prey.
Huntington's Disease (HD) is an incurable neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle coordination and some cognitive functions in humans.