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Matt Wilkes and Lucy Hawkes
Matt and Lucy at the 2016 Coupe d’Icare

Our group was founded when mountain doctor and paraglider pilot Dr Matt Wilkes met physiological ecologist Dr Lucy Hawkes in 2015. They decided to fuse Matt’s work in altitude and human performance with Lucy’s experience of studying extreme animal migrations to investigate the beautiful and fascinating world of free flight.

Matt and Lucy were soon joined by biomechanicist and pilot Professor Adrian Thomas, physiologist Dr Martin MacInnis, aerospace engineer Michael Vergalla and Red Bull Athletes Tom de Dorlodot and Horacio Llorens.

Together, the Free Flight Physiology Project was born. Our aims? To improve the safety and performance of pilots, and to push the boundaries of comparative physiology research.

Group Members

Dr Matt Wilkes

Dr Matt Wilkes

CASE Medicine
Dr Lucy Hawkes

Dr Lucy Hawkes

University of Exeter
Dr Martin MacInnis

Dr Martin MacInnis

McMaster University
Prof Adrian Thomas

Prof Adrian Thomas

University of Oxford
Michael Vergalla

Michael Vergalla

Free Flight Research Lab
Sofia Pineiro

Sofia Pineiro

SEARCH Projects Manager
Tom de Dorlodot

Tom de Dorlodot

SEARCH Projects Athlete
Horacio Llorens

Horacio Llorens

SEARCH Projects Athlete
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