Florian Muijres









I am interested in the biomechanics of swimming and flying, and particularly with respect to the highly unsteady fluid dynamics of flapping wings, fins and tails. Because of this interest, I have now studied the biofluid dynamics of all major animal groups. For my MSc studies in aerospace engineer at Delft University, the Netherlands, I used a soapfilm tunnel to model the fluid dynamics of fish swimming. For my PhD at Lund University, Sweden, I studied the aerodynamics of bird and bat flight in a wind tunnel. And now finally for my postdoctoral research I am studying maneuvering flight in insects. And then of course that of the most amazing insect of all, the fruit fly.


F. T. Muijres, L. C. Johansson, M. S. Bowlin, Y. Winter, & A. Hedenström. 2012. Comparing aerodynamic efficiency in birds and bats suggests better flight performance in birds.,” PloS ONE 7. e37335 (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037335).

L. C. Johansson, S. Engel, E. Baird, M. Dacke, F. T. Muijres, & A. Hedenström. 2012. Elytra boost lift, but reduce aerodynamic efficiency in flying beetles. J. R. Soc. Interface. (doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0053)

F. T. Muijres, P. Henningsson, M. Stuiver, and A. Hedenström. 2012. Aerodynamic flight performance in flap-gliding birds and bats. J. Theor. Biol. 306. 120-128 (doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2012.04.014).

F. T. Muijres, L. C. Johansson, & A. Hedenström. 2012. Leading edge vortex in a slow-flying passerine. Biology Letters. (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2012.0130)

G. Koekkoek, F. T. Muijres, L. C. Johansson, M. Stuiver, B. W. van Oudheusden, and A. Hedenström,. 2012. Stroke plane angle controls leading edge vortex in a bat-inspired flapper, Comptes Rendus Mécanique 340,  95-106. (doi:10.1016/j.crme.2011.11.013)

F. T. Muijres, M. S. Bowlin, L. C. Johansson, A. Hedenström. 2011. Vortex wake, downwash distribution, aerodynamic performance and wingbeat kinematics in slow-flying pied flycatchers, J. R. Soc. Interface. (doi: 10.1098/rsif.2011.0238)

F. T. Muijres, L. C. Johansson, Y. Winter, A. Hedenström. 2011. Comparative aerodynamic performance of flapping flight in two bat species using time-resolved wake visualization, J. R. Soc. Interface 8, 1418–1428. (doi:10.1098/rsif.2011.0015)

F. T. Muijres, G. R. Spedding, Y. Winter, A. Hedenström. 2011. Actuator disk model and span efficiency of flapping flight in bats based on time-resolved PIV measurements, Exp. Fluids 51, 511-525. (doi:10.1007/s00348-011-1067-5)

P. Henningsson, F. T. Muijres, A. Hedenström. 2010 Time-resolved vortex wake of a common swift flying over a range of flight speeds, J. R. Soc. Interface 8, 807-816. (doi:10.1098/rsif.2010.0533)

F. T. Muijres1, M. S. Bowlin1, P. Henningsson1, R. H. E. Vleugels, F. Liechti, A. Hedenström. 2010. The effects of geolocators drag and weight on the flight ranges of small migrants, Methods Ecol. Evol. 1, 398-402 (doi:10.1111/j.2041-210X.2010.00043.x). (1 Joint first authors)

D. Lentink, GJ. F. van Heijst, F. T. Muijres, J. L. van Leeuwen. 2010. Vortex interactions with flapping wings and fins can be unpredictable, Biol. Lett. 6, 394-397. (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2009.0806)

A. Hedenström, F. T. Muijres, R. von Busse, L. C. Johansson, Y. Winter, G. R. Spedding. 2009. High-speed stereo DPIV measurement of wakes of two bat species flying freely in a wind tunnel, Exp. Fluids 46, 923-932 (doi:10.1007/s00348-009-0634-5).

F. T. Muijres, L. C. Johansson, R. Barfield, M. Wolf, G. R. Spedding, A. Hedenström. 2008. Leading-edge vortex improves lift in slow-flying bats, Science 319, 1250-1253. (doi:10.1126/science.1153019)

D. Lentink, F. T. Muijres, F. J. Donker-Duyvis, J. L. van Leeuwen. 2008. Vortex-wake interactions of a flapping foil that models animal swimming and flight, J. Exp. Biol. 211, 267-273. (doi:10.1242/jeb.006155)

F. T. Muijres, D. Lentink. 2007. Wake visualization of a heaving and pitching foil in a soap film, Exp. Fluids 43, 665-673. (doi:10.1007/s00348-007-0379-y)

F. T. Muijres, D. Lentink, B. W. van Oudheusden, F. J. Donker-Duyvis, J. L. van Leeuwen. 2005. Visualization of vortex wake interactions of a flapping foil. Proceedings of PSFVIP-5, 5th Pacific Symposium on Flow Visualization and Image Processing, Australia.


PhD Theoretical Ecology, “Feathers by Day, Membranes by Night – Aerodynamic Performance in Bird and Bat FlightDepartment of Biology, Lund University, Sweden (Dissertation: 28th April 2011, awarded: 13th May 2011)

MSc Aerospace Engineering, Aerodynamics, Department of Aerodynamics, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (Degree awarded: January 2006)

BSc Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands (Degree awarded September 2003)