Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory

I am exploring wing morphing in large birds under varying flight regimes. I am exploring the biology of avian wing morphing using computer vision measurements and analysing the morphs against aerodynamic expectations.

Ph.D. (2014) - Brown University (Providence, RI)

B.A. (2007) - Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR)

I am currently working with Richard Bomphrey and Jim Usherwood exploring wing morphing in large birds. My current study is in collaboration with Shane Windsor at University of Bristol. My previous research has explored passive and active mechanisms in bat wing morphing at Brown University. 

Cheney JA, Konow N, Bearnot A, and Swartz SM (2015) A wrinkle in flight: the role of elastin fibres in the mechanical behaviour of bat wing membranes. Interface 12, 20141286 (DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.1286)

Cheney JA, Konow N, Middleton KM, Breuer KS, Roberts TJ, Giblin EL, and Swartz SM (2014) Membrane muscle function in the compliant wings of bats. Bioinsp. Biomim. 9, 025007 (DOI: 10.1088/1748-3182/9/2/025007)

  • Avian Wing Morphing

    People: Jorn Cheney, Jialei Song, Jim Usherwood, Richard Bomphrey

    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.

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