Biodiversity Research Seminar Series (BRS)

BRS Tony Lapansky: Through fluids, forests, and flocks: how birds move through a complex world

September 28, 2022, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

2212 Main Mall

Zoom webinar recording lin:

Passcode: by4?AZDW

host: Doug Altshuler

Title: “Through fluids, forests, and flocks: how birds move through a complex world”

The diversity of our planet offers near-endless opportunities for scientific 

exploration and discovery. At the same time, this variety creates a challenge

 for any organism that attempts to navigate this complex world. Especially

 for mobile organisms, the biophysical environment can change in an instant. 

To be successful, an organism must perceive its surroundings and perform 

under diverse contexts despite possessing the same underlying traits. How 

has selection shaped the morphologies, physiologies, and sensory systems 

of organisms for performance across diverse and even novel conditions? I will

 discuss my research to address this question using bird flight as a model system. 

Dr. Tony Lapansky’s bio:
Anthony (Tony) Lapsansky is from Ferndale, Washington. He earned his 

Bachelors of Science from Gonzaga University in 2016 and his PhD from the

University of Montana in 2021. Before committing to science, he worked in a 

fish market, golf course, as as a professional falconer. His current work as a 

postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia focuses on the control

 of complex locomotion - specifically, the neural basis of avian flight.


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