Student Research Opportunity in Biology/Engineering-Physics (Insect Flight in Turbulent Conditions)


Student Research Opportunity in Biology/Engineering-Physics (Insect Flight in Turbulent Conditions)

This is an interdisciplinary lab project involving investigating insect flight under wind conditions that simulate those in natural habitats. Dr. Vickers is collaborating on the project with a group of Mechanical Engineers at Princeton University. The basic idea is to measure the flow conditions (turbulence, wind speed etc.) when insects (moths/mosquitoes) are responding to scalar plumes (moths=pheromone/mosquitoes=host cues such as carbon dioxide) in the field. Using a novel, controllable active grid device developed by the Princeton group, we will then replicate those conditions in a laboratory wind tunnel in order to study the mechanisms used by the insects to navigate toward the source of the scalar cue.

Dr. Vickers is looking for someone interested in doing lab/field work with coding experience in MatLab and an interest in fluids. The position will be paid and it would be great if your availability extended beyond this summer. If interested, please contact Dr. Vickers at n.vickers@utah.edu

This opportunity is listed on the College of Science Internship Program website as a service to University of Utah students. Students should not assume that this opportunity, or other opportunities on this website, have been vetted and/or endorsed by the College of Science Internship Program or the University of Utah. This position may or may not align with current University of Utah COVID-19 conditions.