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Vance A. Tucker

Professor Emeritus of Zoology
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
0032 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708


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.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor Emeritus of Zoology · 2004 - Present Biology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

University of California, Los Angeles · 1963 Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin, Madison · 1960 M.S.
University of California, Los Angeles · 1958 B.A.