Flight Lab Research

Tobalske, B. W. (2010). Hovering and intermittent flight in birds.  Bioinspr. Biomim. 5 (2010) 045005 (10pp), doi:10.1088/1748-3182/5/4/045004 [Download PDF]

Tobalske, B.W., Hearn, J.W.D. and Warrick, D.R. (2009).  Aerodynamics of intermittent bounds in flying birds. Exp. Fluids DOI 10.1007/s00348-009-0614-9 [Download PDF]

Tobalske, B. W., B. E. Jackson, and K. P. Dial. (2017) Ontogeny of Flight Capacity and Pectoralis Function in a Precocial Ground Bird (Alectoris chukar). Integr Comp Biol icx050. doi: 10.1093/icb/icx050 [Link to abstract here]

Crino, O. L., B. Klaassen van Oorshcot, K. E. Crandell, C. W. Breuner and B. W. Tobalske. (2017) Flight performance in the altricial zebra finch: Developmental effects and reproductive consequences. Ecology and Evolution 00:1–11. [Link to full text here]

Kozak, M, Tobalske, B, Martins, C, Bowley, S, Weurbel, H, and Harlander-Matauschek, A. (2016).  Use of space by domestic chicks housed in complex aviaries.  Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 181, 115-121. [Download PDF]

LeBlanc S, Tobalske B, Quinton M, Springthorpe D, Szkotnicki B, Wuerbel H, et al. (2016) Physical Health Problems and Environmental Challenges Influence Balancing Behaviour in Laying Hens. PLoS ONE 11(4): e0153477. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0153477 [Download PDF]

Dial, T. R., Heers, A. M., and Tobalske, B. W. (2012). Ontogeny of aerodynamics in mallard ducks: comparative performance and developmental implications. Journal of Experimental Biology 215, 3693-3702. [Download PDF]

Heers, A.M. and K.P. Dial. (2012) From extant to extinct: locomotor ontogeny and the evolution of avian flight. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. [Download PDF]

Heers, A.M., Tobalske, B.W. and Dial, K.P. (2011) Ontogeny of lift and drag production in ground birds. J. Exp. Biol. 214, 717-725. [Download PDF]

Dial, K. P. and B. E. Jackson (2010). When hatchlings outperform adults: locomotor development in Australian brush turkeys (Alectura lathami, Galliformes) Proc. R. Soc. B published online before print November 3, 2010, doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1984 [Download PDF]

Jackson, B.E., Segre, P., and Dial, K.P. (2009). Precocial development of locomotor performance in a ground-dwelling bird (Alectoris chukar): negotiating a three-dimensional terrestrial environment. Proc. R. Soc. B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.0794 [Download PDF]

Dial, K.P., B.E. Jackson and P. Segre (2009). A fundamental wingbeat in avian locomotion provides a new perspective on the evolution of flight. Nature, doi: 10.1038/nature06517 [Download PDF]

Tobalske, B.W. and K.P. Dial. 2007.  Aerodynamics of wing-assisted incline running. J. Exp. Biol. 210:1742-1751. [Download PDF]

Dial, K.P., R. Randall, and T.R. Dial. 2006. What use is half a wing in the evolution of flapping flight? BioScience 56: 437-445. [Download PDF]

Dial, K.P. 2003. Evolution of avian locomotion: Correlates of body size, reproductive biology, flight style, development and the origin of flapping flight. Auk 120:941-952. [Download PDF]

Dial, K.P. 2003. Wing-assisted incline running and the evolution of flight. Science 299:402-404. [Download PDF]

Bundle, M.W. and K.P. Dial. 2003. Mechanics of wing-assisted incline running. J. Exp. Biol., 206:4553-4564. [Download PDF]

Tobalske BW. (2016). Evolution of avian flight: muscles and constraints on performance. Phil.  Trans.  R.  Soc.  B 371:20150383 [Download PDF]

Warrick DR, Hedrick TL, Biewener AA, Crandell KE, Tobalske BW. (2016) Foraging at the edge of the world: low-altitude, high-speed manoeuvering in barn swallows. Phil.  Trans.  R.  Soc.  B 371:20150391 [Download PDF]

Provini, P, Tobalske, BW, Crandell, KE, Abourachid, A. (2012). Transition from leg to wing forces during take-off in birds. Journal of Experimental Bioogy. 215:4115-4124. [Download PDF]

Jackson, B.E., Tobalske, B. W. and Dial, K.P. (2011) The broad range of contractile behaviour of the avian pectoralis: functional and evolutionary implications. J Exp Biol 214, 2354-2361. [Download PDF]

Jackson, B. E. and K. P. Dial (2011). Scaling of mechanical power output during burst escape flight in the Corvidae. J. Exp. Biol. 214, 452-461. [Download PDF]

Tobalske, B.W. and A. A. Biewener (2007) Contractile properties of the pigeon supracoracoideus during different modes of flight. J Exp Biol 211, 170-179. [Download PDF]

Tobalske, B.W., Biewener, A.A., Warrick, D.R., Hedrick, T.L., and Powers, D.R. (2010). Effects of flight speed upon muscle activity in hummingbirds. J. Exp. Biol. 213, 2515-2523. [Download PDF]

Warrick, D.R., Tobalske, B.W. and Powers, D.R. (2009). Lift production in the hovering hummingbird.  Proc. R. Soc. B. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2009.1003 rspb20091003 [Download PDF]

Song, J., B. W. Tobalske, D. R. Powers, T. L. Hedrick, H. Luo. (2016) Three-dimensional simulation for fast forward flight of a calliope hummingbird. R.Soc.opensci. 3: 160230. [Download PDF]

Crandell, K. E. and B. W. Tobalske (2015) Kinematics and aerodynamics of avian upstrokes during slow flight. J Exp Biol 218, 2518-2527 doi:10.1242/jeb.116228. [Download PDF]

Crandell, K. E. and B. W. Tobalske (2011) Aerodynamics of tip-reversal upstroke in a revolving pigeon wing. J Exp Biol 214, 1867-1873. [Download PDF]

McCullough, E.L. and Tobalske, B.W. 2013. Elaborate horns in a giant rhinoceros beetle incur negligible aerodynamic costs. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 280: 20130197. [Download PDF]

McCullough, E. L., Weingarden, P. R., Emlen, D. J. 2012. Costs of elaborate weapons in a rhinoceros beetle: How difficult is it to fly with a big horn? Behavioral Ecology 23: 1042-1048. [Download PDF]

Klaassen van Oorschot, B., et al. (2016) Aerodynamic consequences of wing morphing during emulated take-off and gliding in birds. J Exp Biol 219:3146-3154. [Download PDF]

Niese, R. L., & Tobalske, B. W. (2016). Specialized primary feathers produce tonal sounds during flight in rock pigeons (Columba livia). J Exp Biol, jeb-131649 [Download PDF]

Tobalske, B.W. (1996) Scaling of Muscle Composition, Wing Morphology, and Intermittent Flight Behavior in Woodpeckers. The Auk 133 (1):151-177. [Download PDF]

LeBlanc, S., et al. (2016) Physical Health Problems and Environmental Challenges Influence Balancing Behaviour in Laying Hens. PLoS ONE 11(4) [Download PDF]