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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. [Ontogeny of lift and drag production in ground birds]

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.