Current research

Cranes at dawn

Animal flight research

We study biomechanical, behavioral, physiological and ecological aspects of flight in birds, bats and insects. One main avenue of research is of bird migration, focusing on stopover behavior and eco-physiology, as well as environmental effects on cross-country flight at multiple temporal and spatial scales. We make use of the ATLAS system (see http://move-ecol-minerva.huji.ac.il/page/3) to study animal movement at the Hula Valley in NE Israel and use other tracking devices to study movement at a global scale. In addition, we continue our work on commuting flight in bats and also explore flight kinematics during foraging movements. We are currently developing a research framework investigating the effects of wing morphology on flight performance.

About us

We are a group of scientists devoted to the study of animal flight, including animal movement ecology, behavior, physiology and biomechanics. We study wild animals in the field and in the lab using a diversity of research approaches. We welcome applications for M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies and post-doctoral work in our group at the Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology at the University of Haifa.