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Monday, June 29, 2009


-- IBWO Simulation/Jeff Wang's Master's Thesis --

Jeff Wang's 180+ pg. Cornell Master's Thesis from 2007, "Animating the Ivory-billed Woodpecker," is available online as a pdf here:


Unfortunately the work stops short of the ideal goal of animating both an Ivory-billed and a Pileated Woodpecker and then seeing which one in simulation matches the reality of the bird in the original Luneau video. How much additional work has been done since 2007, or whether Cornell will yet publish its own re-analysis of the Luneau video based on this simulation work, I don't know (they had at one time said a paper would be forthcoming).

The dissertation is HIGHLY technical, but even apart from its tie-in to the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, it may be worth reading for those interested in bird anatomy, evolution, feather structure, and/or flight dynamics.

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