Dr Marco Klein Heerenbrink

Research Interests

My research is on bird flight, currently focusing on how they manoeuvre around obstacles. I have a broad interest in flying animals (insect, bats, birds, pterosaurs etc) and the morphological adaptations that evolved to achieve unique flight mechanics.  After completing my studies in aerospace engineering (aerodynamics), I found my way to this fascinating interface where biology and physics meet. For my PhD I looked at the aerodynamics of bird flight, particularly in the wake of a jackdaw that I trained to fly in a wind tunnel. I am very fortunate to be given the opportunity to continue studying animal flight from up close, capturing the detailed movements of Harris's hawks flying in our flight arena.

Contact Details

Orcid: 0000-0001-8172-8121

Selected Publications

Warfvinge, K., KleinHeerenbrink, M. & Hedenström, A. 2017 The power–speed relationship is U-shaped in two free-flying hawkmoths ( Manduca sexta ). J. R. Soc. Interface 14, 20170372. (doi:10.1098/rsif.2017.0372)
KleinHeerenbrink, M., Johansson, L. C. & Hedenström, A. 2017 Multi-cored vortices support function of slotted wing tips of birds in gliding and flapping flight. J. R. Soc. Interface 14, 20170099. (doi:10.1098/rsif.2017.0099)
KleinHeerenbrink, M. & Hedenström, A. 2017 Wake analysis of drag components in gliding flight of a jackdaw ( Corvus monedula ) during moult. Interface Focus 7, 20160081. (doi:10.1098/rsfs.2016.0081)
KleinHeerenbrink, M., Warfvinge, K. & Hedenström, A. 2016 Wake analysis of aerodynamic components for the glide envelope of a jackdaw ( Corvus monedula ). J. Exp. Biol. 219, 1572–1581. (doi:10.1242/jeb.132480)
Klein Heerenbrink, M. 2015 In the wake of a bird - Quantifying aerodynamic performance of avian flight. Lund University. [THESIS]
Klein Heerenbrink, M., Johansson, L. C. & Hedenström, A. 2015 Power of the wingbeat: modelling the effects of flapping wings  in vertebrate flight. Proc. R. Soc. A 471. (doi:10.1098/rspa.2014.0952)
Johansson, L. C., Engel, S., Kelber, A., Klein Heerenbrink, M. & Hedenström, A. 2013 Multiple leading edge vortices of unexpected strength in freely flying hawkmoth. Sci. Rep. 3, 1–5. (doi:10.1038/srep03264)