Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior; College of Biological Sciences
While others have puzzled over insect flight, Combes is the first to study how insects such as flies, bees and dragonflies fly under realistic conditions, navigating obstacles and turbulence. Whether as pollinators, pests or predators, flying insects play a major role in ecosystems, and Combes’ work has pushed forward our understanding across the field, from the biomechanics of insect wings to the foraging behavior of bumblebees.
‘Dr. Combes represents the best of what UC Davis stands for, and we couldn’t be more proud of her achievements.’ — Mark Winey, dean, College of Biological Sciences; and Mark Usrey, chair, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior