14 February 2011

Rhea gets PhD

On last Friday our group member Rhea von Busse passed her oral examination for a PhD at the Humboldt University, Berlin. Dr Busses thesis is about "The trinity of energy conservation: kinematics, aerodynamics and energetics of the lesser long-nosed bat (Leptonycteris yerbabuenae)", including chapters on kinematcs, aerodynamics (wakes), a comparison between kinematics and wakes, and an investigation about the flight metabolic rate. This thesis is the result of the collaboration between AFL and York Winter. The discussions leading up to this collaboration were initiated some 10 years ago, when AH visited the Max Planck Institute at Seewiesen to give a talk about the wind tunnel studies on birds that were underway. Then Rhea came with the first batch of Glossophaga soricinas used for our first studies (and Rheas master thesis). We congratulate Rhea to this magnificent achievement and wish her the best of luck with her new studies on bats in the Brown University bat biology group.

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