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Mr Erik Anthony Meilak MEng

Postgraduate research student

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I studied at the University of Southampton, graduating with a first class master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering specialising in Mechatronics.

The subject of my third year dissertation was on avian biomechanics introducing me to the fascinating field of bioengineering. I have experience in mechanical and electronic design, image processing, and biomechanical modelling. Under the supervision of Markus Heller, Neil Gostling and Colin Palmer, I am using my engineering background to investigate the leaping capabilities of extant birds to shed light on the fiercely debated subject of the origin of avian flight. I am always eager to work with scientists of many disciplines, including engineers, biologists and palaeontologists as I believe that interdisciplinary collaborating research is the way forward.

Research interests

Primary Project

Investigating the role of the hindlimb in the evolution of avian flight



Research group

Bioengineering Science

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Mr Erik Anthony Meilak
Bioengineering Research Group, Room 4055, Building 7
Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, University Road,
University of Southampton Highfield Campus,
Southampton, SO171BJ, UK

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