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, singing)
the shape of the structures involved in this function (bones, muscles)
the dynamics of the medium those structures are moving in (air or water).
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 have started my group at the CRI and am currently looking for Master students to join the team. Please contact me to learn more about the project