Dr Jeffery Rankin

As a Research Fellow in Computer Modelling and Simulation at The Royal Veterinary College’s Structure & Motion Lab, I am interested in improving our understanding of the basic principles that underpin musculoskeletal function during animal movement in order to provide new insight about how animals select neural control strategies over a wide variety of movements. This basic knowledge is...
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Dr Jonathan Codd

I am an integrative zoologist whose research team examines the comparative physiology and biomechanics of birds, at the University of Manchester. Mechanics of Ventilation: the avian respiratory system is remarkable in terms of its complexity and efficiency. The evolution of this system with its unique lung morphology and physiology has contributed to birds becoming one of the most successful...
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Dr Monica Daley

I am a Senior Lecturer in Locomotor Biomechanics  at The Royal Veterinary College in the Structure & Motion Lab, and an integrative physiologist whose research team investigates a number of questions in the area of Comparative Neuromechanics. We are interested in understanding the interplay of mechanics, energetics and neural control within the body, particularly how muscles function to...
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Professor John R. Hutchinson

I’m a biologist originally from the USA who now resides in the UK as a dual citizen, and a Professor of Evolutionary Biomechanics at The Royal Veterinary College. I received my BS degree in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin in 1993, then obtained my PhD in Integrative Biology at the University of California with Kevin Padian in 2001, and rounded out my training with a two-year National...
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Dr Heather Paxton

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Structure & Motion Laboratory, supervised by John Hutchinson.   My current research looks at the linkages between body conformation, locomotor and ventilatory mechanics, as well as metabolic energy costs, during ontogeny in broiler chickens. I graduated in 2004 from the University of Reading with a BSc in Animal Science, after undertaking a research...
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Dr Peter Tickle

I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Faculty of Life Sciences at the University of Manchester. As part of the Chicken of the Future project, my current research is focused on the implications for respiratory and locomotor physiology of rapid growth and high body mass in broiler chickens. Using a range of state of the art techniques, I am documenting how the morphology, physiology and behaviour...
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