Research of the Experimental Zoology Group
The mission of the experimental zoology group is to unravel the relationships between form and function in zoological systems in a developmental and evolutionary context and to provide bioinspired solutions for technological and medical problems.
Animals are complex mechanical systems that behave, develop, and evolve on multiple timescales. Understanding their structure and function requires interdisciplinary quantitative analyses that span a range of temporal and architectural scales. In return, such analyses reveal unexpected design strategies and solutions as developed by natural selection. Reverse engineering of these solutions can help to solve similar problems of societal relevance.
We study the function of moving animals using four main research lines. See below for details about these research lines.
Our current main research area is the biomechanics of motion systems in animals, with four complementary research lines (figure):
Our research is not exclusively restricted to these lines because our quantitative and deductive approach provides unique opportunities to tackle a range of important problems, such as biomechanics of tongues and sensors.
More information about our chair group can also be found on this Research page of the Wageningen University & Research.