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Name B Klaassen van Oorschot

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OrganizationDepartment of Animal Sciences
Organization UnitExperimental Zoology


I am an experimental biologist with an interest in biomechanics and fluid dynamics. I'm working with Guillermo Amador and Johan van Leeuwen to understand cuttlefish locomotion and fluild/fin interactions.

For my Ph.D. research, I studied the aerodynamics and biomechanics of morphing avian wings and flexible feathers with Dr. Bret Tobalske. After that, I worked with Dr. Rachel Pepper to understand 1) how filter-feeding microorganisms function in very low Reynolds number flow and 2) how splash-cup organisms utilize the kinetic energy of raindrops to disperse propagules.

I am interested in collaborative work across all fields.  I am currently collaborating on several totally different projects, including holographic microscopy, biomechanical modeling using machine learning, and development of an IEC nuclear fusion reactor.  I’m also passionate about teaching, and have worked as a public middle school science teacher.  Beyond research, I enjoy mountain biking, climbing, skiing, playing guitar, photography, flying, woodworking, metalworking, prototyping, and travel.

I recently relocated to Wageningen with my wife, Paige, and my dog, Chossy. 

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