I am a French researcher in Evolutionary Biology, interested in Functional Morphology, Biomechanics and Modelling. I want to understand how the shaping of an animal is driven by its motions and by the physical constrains of its environment.
To do so, I'm studying:
- the detailed motions associated with a given function (e.g. locomotion, feeding, reproduction)
- the shape of the structures involved in this function (bones, muscles)
- the dynamics of the medium those structures are moving in.
This requires a highly interdisciplinary approach, combining morphology and evolutionary biology with biomechanics, fluid dynamics and modelling. I use state-of-the art approaches, for example biplanar X-ray high-speed videos to obtain 3D reconstruction of the skeleton motions, and Particle Image Velocimetry to image fluid dynamics.
Among other things, I studied the influence of the big kiwi egg on its locomotion, how the water flow is generated inside the mouth of a fish during suction feeding or take-off and landing in birds to understand the origin of flight.
I am starting my group next January at the CRI and am currently looking for a postdoc. Please contact me to learn more about the project