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Stacey in her lab
Stacey Combes is an associate professor in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior at UC Davis. Combes is a biomechanist — she studies the biomechanics of animals, particularly insects. (Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Training a Bee to Fly Upwind: Stacey Combes’ Research Reveals the Complex Biomechanics that Help Insects Survive

Associate Professor Stacey Combes has long been fascinated by how animals move. In her lab, she uses high-speed imaging at 1,000 to 5,000 frames per second to reveal the behaviors and physiological traits that shape insect behavior and survival. One thing she’s learned is that bees, which are critically important pollinators, are actually quite clumsy.


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