Vance A. Tucker

Professor Emeritus of Zoology

Office: 
0032 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
90338
Phone: 
(919) 684-3484

Research Interests: 

Vance Tucker is interested in comparative physiology, particularly the energetics of locomotion, and the interactions between an organism's natural environment and its respiratory and circulatory systems. Much of his research has dealt with the aerodynamics and energetics of avian flight, and has also included work on mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. He is particularly interested in those aspects of physiology that can be described in physical or physical-chemical terms, usually involving math ematical models. Examples of such subjects are: energy storage by stretched elastic structures in running animals, wave making by insects swimming on water surfaces and heat exchange in animals entering into and arousing from hibernation.

Vance Tucker is interested in comparative physiology,
particularly the energetics of locomotion, and the
interactions between an organism's natural environment
and its respiratory and circulatory systems. Much of his
research has dealt with the aerodynamics and
energetics of avian flight, and has also included work on
mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. He is
particularly interested in those aspects of physiology
that can be described in physical or physical-chemical
terms, usually involving math ematical models. Examples
of such subjects are: energy storage by stretched
elastic structures in running animals, wave making by
insects swimming on water surfaces and heat exchange
in animals entering into and arousing from hibernation.

Education

  • Ph.D. 1963, University of California at Los Angeles

  • M.S. 1960, University of Wisconsin at Madison

  • B.A. 1958, University of California at Los Angeles

Papers Published

Gliding flight: Drag and torque of a hawk and a falcon with straight and turned heads, and a lower value for the parasite drag coefficient, 12, 2000
Tucker, VA, The Journal of experimental biology. 203 vol. (24); pp. 3733-3744

Curved flight paths and sideways vision in peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus), 12, 2000
Tucker, VA; Tucker, AE; Akers, K; Enderson, HJ, The Journal of experimental biology. 203 vol. (24); pp. 3755-3763

The deep fovea, sideways vision and spiral flight paths in raptors, 12, 2000
Tucker, VA, The Journal of experimental biology. 203 vol. (24); pp. 3745-3754

A 4 g, battery-powered, data logger accelerometer for free-flying birds, 11, 1999
Tucker, VA, Review of Scientific Instruments. 70 vol. (11); pp. 4394-4397

Diving speeds and angles of a gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus), 7, 1998
Tucker, VA; Cade, TJ; Tucker, AE, The Journal of experimental biology. 201 (Pt 13) pp. 2061-2070

Using a collision model to design safer wind turbine rotors for birds, 11, 1996
Tucker, VA, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering. 118 vol. (4); pp. 263-269

A mathematical model of bird collisions with wind turbine rotors, 11, 1996
Tucker, VA, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering. 118 vol. (4); pp. 253-262

AN OPTICAL TRACKING DEVICE FOR RECORDING THE 3-DIMENSIONAL PATHS OF FLYING BIRDS, 4, 1995
TUCKER, VA, Review of Scientific Instruments. 66 vol. (4); pp. 3042-3047

BODY DRAG, FEATHER DRAG AND INTERFERENCE DRAG OF THE MOUNTING STRUT IN A PEREGRINE FALCON, FALCO-PEREGRINUS, 3, 1990
TUCKER, VA, The Journal of experimental biology. 149 pp. 449-468

AERODYNAMICS OF GLIDING FLIGHT IN A HARRIS HAWK, PARABUTEO-UNICINCTUS, 3, 1990
TUCKER, VA; HEINE, C, The Journal of experimental biology. 149 pp. 469-489

MEASURING AERODYNAMIC INTERFERENCE DRAG BETWEEN A BIRD BODY AND THE MOUNTING STRUT OF A DRAG BALANCE, 11, 1990
TUCKER, VA, The Journal of experimental biology. 154 pp. 439-461

Ambiguities in stereopsis [4], 12, 1989
Tucker, V, Nature. 337 vol. (6208); pp. 605

ENERGETIC COST OF MOVING ABOUT, 0, 1975
TUCKER, VA, American scientist. 63 vol. (4); pp. 413-419

Bird metabolism during flight: evaluation of a theory, 12, 1973
Tucker, VA, The Journal of experimental biology. 58 vol. (3); pp. 689-709

Metabolism during flight in the laughing gull, Larus atricilla., 2, 1972
Tucker, VA, The American journal of physiology. 222 vol. (2); pp. 237-245

Respiration during flight in birds, 1, 1972
Tucker, VA, Respiration Physiology. 14 vol. (1-2); pp. 75-82

Flight energetics in birds, 2, 1971
Tucker, VA, Integrative and Comparative Biology (BioOne). 11 vol. (1); pp. 115-124

Energetic cost of locomotion in animals, 6, 1970
Tucker, VA, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. 34 vol. (4); pp. 841-846

The energetics of bird flight., 5, 1969
Tucker, VA, Scientific American. 220 vol. (5); pp. 70-78

Wave-making by whirligig beetles (gyrinidae), 12, 1969
Tucker, VA, Science. 166 vol. (3907); pp. 897-899

Respiratory physiology of house sparrows in relation to high-altitude flight., 2, 1968
Tucker, VA, The Journal of experimental biology. 48 vol. (1); pp. 55-66

Oxygen dissociation curve of echidna blood, 1, 1968
Tucker, VA, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. 24 vol. (1); pp. 307-310

Method for oxygen content and dissociation curves on microliter blood samples., 9, 1967
Tucker, VA, Journal of Applied Physiology. 23 vol. (3); pp. 410-414

Oxygen transport by the circulatory system of the green iguana (Iguana iguana) at different body temperatures., 2, 1966
Tucker, VA, The Journal of experimental biology. 44 vol. (1); pp. 77-92

Oxygen consumption of a flying bird, 12, 1966
Tucker, VA, Science. 154 vol. (3745); pp. 150-151

The relation between the torpor cycle and heat exchange in the California pocket mouse Perognathus californicus., 6, 1965
Tucker, VA, Journal of Cellular Physiology. 65 vol. (3); pp. 405-414

Oxygen consumption, thermal conductance, and torpor in the California pocket mouse Perognathus californicus., 6, 1965
Tucker, VA, Journal of Cellular Physiology. 65 vol. (3); pp. 393-403

Diurnal Torpidity in the California Pocket Mouse, 5, 1962
Tucker, VA, Science. 136 vol. (3514); pp. 380-381