Ty Hedrick began studying biomechanics and animal locomotion as a undergraduate at Brown University in 1997 where he worked in Dr. Sharon Swartz’s laboratory. After a two year detour in the software industry, he began a Ph.D. in Biology at Harvard University where he worked under Dr. Andrew Biewener at the Concord Field Station. After completing his thesis, Aerodynamics, biomechanics and neuromuscular control of avian flight, he received a Ph.D. in June of 2004. He then worked as a postdoctoral research assistant with Dr. Thomas Daniel at the University of Washington with funding from the National Science Foundation and DARPA. Ty started his latest job as an Assistant Professor in the University of North Carolina Department of Biology in July, 2007.
Aaron Corcoran – Postdoctoral researcher
My research integrates a mechanistic understanding of animal sensory and locomotor abilities with behavior in ecologically-important interactions, such as those between predator and prey or between conspecifics. My PhD and postdoctoral research examined acoustic jamming signals of bats and moths, as well as pursuit and evasion strategies during predatory encounters. I’m now studying a size gradient of flocking shorebirds to better understand how variation in locomotor abilities influences social cohesion.
Jonathan Rader – Graduate student
Jonathan joined the lab after completing an M.Sc. at the University of Wyoming on the morphology and ecology of Cinclodes ovenbirds. He is broadly interested in the mechanics, physiology and ecological consequences of animal movement, and in the evolutionary forces that have shaped them. He is especially interested in form-function relationships, and major evolutionary transitions in vertebrate locomotion and hopes to study these in the context of the flight apparatus.
Pranav Khandelwal – Graduate student
With a major in Physics and minor in Biology, my interests lie at the interface of the two. Understanding animal behavior along with deconstructing the physical basis of motion are the areas I would like to delve in to. Currently, I am exploring various projects in the lab dealing with flight stability in hawkmoths to group behavior in Chimney Swifts.
Current undergraduate researchers and technicians:
Alaowei Amanah, Evan Bluhm, Pavel Chtcheprov, Nick Deluga, Brad Dickerson, Ellis Driver, Dennis Evangelista, María José Fernández, Hanna Gardner, Mariah Goodman, Jeremy Greeter, Lucy Herrero, Jaime Isetts, Shannon Jones, Brandon Jackson, Amanda Lohmann, Alisha McGriff, Thuy Nguyen, Almir Omerspahic, Victor Ortega, Laura Pianowski, Sathish K. Raja, Shanthi Ravi, Dylan Ray, Alice Robinson, Rikki Schroeder, Ryan Shelton, Katherine Sholtis, Dwight Springthorpe, TJ Tkacik, Nathan Roach, Laura Vollenweider, Sarah Wright, Stephanie Yu