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.
Ontogeny and evolution of flight
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. 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.
Mechanical power output and the physiology of flight
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.
Aerodynamics of hummingbird flight
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.
Significance of the avian upstroke
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.
Aerodynamics of Japanese horned beetles
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.
Aeroecology and Ecomorphology
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.
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.
Tobalske, B.W. (1996) Scaling of Muscle Composition, Wing Morphology, and Intermittent Flight Behavior in Woodpeckers. The Auk 133 (1):151-177.
LeBlanc, S., et al. (2016) Physical Health Problems and Environmental Challenges Influence Balancing Behaviour in Laying Hens. PLoS ONE 11(4).