Department: Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Campus: Hawkshead

Research Centres: Structure & Motion Laboratory

Tatjana is a Research Fellow in the Structure and Motion Laboratory. Tatjana's research interest covers the mechanics and energetics of terrestrial locomotion as well as the mechanics and aerodynamics of animal flight. She is currently working an ERC-funded project looking at hunting performance in African predators and predator prey interaction.

See her website for details on her research

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 bat flight. She is currently a Research Fellow at the RVC.

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. See her website for details.

Hubel, T.Y., Shotton, J., Wilshin, S.D., Horgan, J., Klein, R., McKenna, R., Wilson, A.M. (2016). Cheetah Reunion–The Challenge of Finding Your Friends Again. PloS one 11(12) (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0166864).

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 (doi: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0385).

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. Nature Communications 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. Nature Communications 7 (doi:10.1038/ncomms11034).

Dewhirst, O. P., Roskilly, K., Hubel, T. Y., Jordan, N. R., Golabek, K. A., McNutt, J. W. and Wilson, A. M. (2016). An exploratory clustering approach for extracting stride parameters from tracking collars on free ranging wild animals. Journal of Experimental Biology (doi: 10.1242/jeb.146035).

Van der Weyde, L. K., Hubel, T. Y., Horgan, J., Shotton, J., McKenna, R., Wilson, A.M. (2016). Movement patterns of cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) in farmlands in Botswana. Biology Open (doi: 10.1242/bio.021055).

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 (doi:10.1002/ece3.2359).

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. Journal of Experimental Biology 219, 2687-2692 (doi:10.1242/jeb.139022).

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 (doi:10.1242/jeb.122135).

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 (doi:10.1038/nature12939).

Hubel, T. Y. and Usherwood, J. R. (2013). Vaulting mechanics successfully predict decrease in walk-run transition speed with incline. Biology Letters 9 (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2012.1121).

Usherwood, J. R., Channon, A. J., Myatt, J. P., Rankin, J. W. and Hubel, T. Y. (2012). The human foot and heel-sole-toe walking strategy: a mechanism enabling an inverted pendular gait with low isometric muscle force? J.R.Soc. Interface 9, 2396-2402 (doi: 10.1098/rsif.2012.0179).

Taylor, G. K., Carruthers, A. C., Hubel, T. Y. and Walker, S. M. (2012). Wing morphing in insects, birds and bats: mechanism and function. Morphing Aerospace vehicles and structures, 11-40.

Usherwood, J. R. and Hubel, T. Y. (2012). Energetically optimal running requires torques about the centre of mass. J.R.Soc. Interface 9, 2011-2015 (doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0145).

Hubel, T. Y., Hristov, N., 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 (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. JEB 213, 3427-3440 (doi:10.1242/jeb.043257). * Featured in Inside JEB, Journal of Experimental Biology 213.

Hubel, T. Y., Tropea, C. (2010). The importance of leading edge vortices under simplified flapping flight conditions at the size scale of birds. JEB 213, 1930-1939 (doi:10.1242/jeb.040857).

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 (doi:10.1007/s00348-009-0624-7).

  • LOCATE: Locomotion, hunting and habitat utilisation among large African carnivores and their prey

    LOCATE: Locomotion, hunting and habitat utilisation among large African carnivores and their prey. The carnivores of the southern African savannah have no domestic counterparts and are at the extremes of performance in terms of speed, agility and strength. They are amongst the most threatened species in the world and yet there is much we do not know about them. At the beginning of this project, we did not know how the predators or their prey achieve the speed and manoeuvring required for the chase, what makes the difference between success and failure in hunting or how far the animals travel in a day or night and many other factors that may influence success and survival.


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