I study the links between body structure and function in Vertebrates and the role of these interactions for Evolution. I want to understand why an organism has a given shape and how the shaping of an animal is driven by its motions and the environment it is moving in.
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.
My PhD was about the origin of flight. I studied the biomechanics of take-off and landing in zebra finches and diamond doves. I showed that the legs are crucial in bird locomotion, especially to propulse the bird into the air and to break during landing.