Effective locomotion is of fundamental importance to all animals and influences their morphology, physiology and behavioural ecology. My research focuses on understanding and identifying the constraints acting upon locomotor systems and the biomechanical, physiological, morphological and behavioural trade-offs that result. I primarily work on birds and bats, and, as well as their locomotion, I have a keen interest in the general evolution of these groups.
I am currently the Programme Director for Zoology and a member of the Division of Evolution & Genomic Sciences within the Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health. I obtained a BSc in biology with 1st class honours at the University of Nottingham (1995) and a PhD from the University of Stirling (1999). I subsequently held post-doctoral positions at the Universities of Oxford, Leeds and Manchester. Whilst at Leeds I also held a Leverhulme Early Career research fellowship.