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 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.