Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Groups: Musculoskeletal Biology

Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory

Nicholas graduated from the University of Hull in 2012 with a BSc (Hons) in Aquatic Zoology. Nicholas then went on to undertake an MRes in Animal Behaviour at the University of Nottingham. 


In 2014 Nicholas moved to the University of Leeds to undertake a PhD working with Dr Graham Askew, where he investigated the the energetics and mechanics of European common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) jet propulsion swimming. 


Following on from this, Nicholas continued in the field of biomechanics, he took a short-term postdoctoral position in the School of Veterinary Medicine, at the University of Surrey, where he investigated the kinetics and kinematics of lameness in domestic dogs (working with Dr Constanza Gomez Alvarez). 


Nicholas then moved to the Royal Veterinary College in October 2019 to take up a postdoctoral position in comparative muscle physiology (working with Professor Jim Usherwood).

Nicholas' research interests are predominatly in the biomechanics and ecophysiology of animals, he is particularly interested in how animals navigate through their environments, and the underlying energetics, and muscular processes involved in this. 

Nicholas uses a variety of techniques to investigate these research interests, having previously investigated the locomotion of cuttlefish and dogs, the underlying muscle mechanics of cuttlefish locomotion, and the associated energetic demands of fuelling muscular work. Using techniques ranging from particle image velocimetry, and motion capture, through to ATP quantification and muscle mechanics.  

Rodgers, G. M., Gladman N. W., Corless, H. F., Morrell, L. J. (2013). Costs of colour change in fish: food intake and behavioural decisions. Journal of Experimental Biology 216, 2760-2767



Nicholas has been involved in the creation and delivery of outreach activities since his masters degree, during this time he successfully created and delivered outreach activities focused on animal communication in schools throughout Nottinghamshire. Building upon this, he successfully delivered outreach activities focused upon hydrostatic skeletal systems as part of Leeds festival of Science from 2014-2018. 

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