Welcome – we’re glad you’re here!  Please pardon the mess as we get things set up!


Our laboratory studies bio and bioinspired navigation and orientation. We are particularly interested in animal magnetic reception (i.e., how do animals use the earth’s magnetic field to get from point A to point B).

Our lab uses LOTS of tools from computer simulations, to robotics, to computational neuroscience to better understand how animals are able to sense, process, and act based on the magnetic field and other senses.  Our goal is to better understand how animals navigate, and to use the principles we learn to develop improved autonomous engineered systems.


The robot on the left was able to make the trajectory you see on the right with the help of a motion capture system.  What’s even better is that this seems to match existing simulation data that we have.  When the simulation matches the hardware, it’s a good day!


Current Events

2 July 2019:  Congrats to Nomi Topasna on securing a job with Aerotek to do work for Teleflex!

1 July 2019:  Congrats to Dr. Catherine Kehl on having a paper accepted for The Journal of Experimental Biology!