Bio


Maneuverability is critical to survival and plays an important role in prey capture, predator avoidance, and territorial disputes. I am interested in the fluid dynamics, kinematics, and ecological correlates of maneuvering performance across a range of animals. My PhD research focused on quantifying and comparing the acrobatic maneuvers of tropical hummingbirds in Central and South America. At Hopkins Marine Station I am applying similar engineering principles to the study of maneuvering performance in free ranging rorqual whales.

Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia (2015)
  • Master of Science, University of Montana (2006)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (2003)

Stanford Advisors