Research Interests for Steven Vogel

Research Interests: Life in moving fluids

Steven Vogel's projects mainly ask how the structural arrangements of organisms reflect adaptation to the mechanics of moving fluids. He has worked on such things as the design of fly wings for producing lift and of moth antennae for transmitting air, on the form of leaves in relation to convective cooling in very low winds and to drag-reducing reconfigurations in very high winds, on energy extraction from velocity gradients to improve filtration in sponges and to ventilate deep terrestrial burrows, and on the use of flow-induced subambient pressure to refill pulse-jetting scallops and squid. In addition, he is interested in the problems of written communication of science.

Acceleration, Adaptation, Physiological, Air, Air Conditioning, Aizoaceae, Animals, Biological Evolution, Biological systems, Biological Transport, Active, Biology, Biomechanics, Biometry, Biomimetic Materials, Biophysical Phenomena, Biophysics, Birds, Blood Pressure, Body Fluids, Body Size, Body Temperature Regulation, Cell Size, Cilia, Convection, Ecosystem, Energy Transfer, Equipment and Supplies, Equipment Design, Equipment Failure Analysis, Feeding Behavior, Flight, Animal, Food Preferences, Gait, Gases, Gills, Gravitation, Gravity Sensing, Heart, Heating, Hot Temperature, Humans, Hydrostatic Pressure, Ice, Ilex, Life, Lighting, Locomotion, Mathematics, Mechanics, Models, Biological, Models, Theoretical, Motion, Movement, Nose, Orientation, Osmosis, Phase Transition, Phylogeny, Physiology, Phytoplankton, Plant Cells, Plant Development, Plant Leaves, Plant Nectar, Plant Physiological Phenomena, Plant Physiological Processes, Plant Roots, Plants, Pressure, Quercus, Science, Science writing, Seeds, Spores, Stress, Mechanical, Sunlight, Surface Tension, Technology, Thermal Conductivity, Tongue, Trees, Viscosity, Water, Water-Electrolyte Balance, Wind
Current projects:
Essays and books on topics in comparative biomechanics
Co-editor, teaching materials for comparative biomechanics
Representative Publications   (search)
  1. S. Vogel, Glimpses of Creatures in Their Mechanical Worlds. Princeton University Press (2009), pp. 302.
  2. S. Vogel, Comparative Biomechanics: Life's Physical World (2003), Princeton University Press (580 pp.).
  3. S. Vogel, Prime Mover: A Natural History of Muscle (2001), W. W. Norton and Co. (370 pp.).
  4. S. Vogel, Cats' Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People (1999), Penguin Books, UK (382 pp.).