Publications

Pdfs of most papers are available upon request to me at thomashesselberg@gmail.com

Peer reviewed scientific papers

 

Tew, N. and Hesselberg, T. (2017). The effect of wind exposure on the web characteristics of a tetragnathid orb spider. Journal of Insect Behavior 30: 273-286.
doi:10.1007/s10905-017-9618-0.

Chowdhury, S., Hesselberg, T., Böhm, M.. Islam, M. R. and Aich, U. (2017). Butterfly diversity in a tropical urban habitat (Lepidoptera: Papilionoidea), Oriental Insects. 
doi:10.1080/00305316.2017.1314230

Lenau, T. and Hesselberg, T. (2015). Dry sanitation concepts with inspiration from nature. Journal of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene for Development 5: 330–335.
doi:10.2166/washdev.2015.178

Hesselberg, T. (2015). Exploration behaviour and behavioural flexibility in orb-web spiders: A review. Current Zoology 61: 313-327.
http://www.actazool.org/paperdetail.asp?id=12440

Tew, E. R., Adamson, A. and Hesselberg, T. (2015). The web repair behaviour of an orb spider. Animal Behaviour 103: 137-146.
DOI:10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.02.016

Hesselberg, T. (2014). The mechanism behind plasticity of web-building behavior in an orb spider facing spatial constraints. Journal of Arachnology 42: 311-314.
DOI: 10.1636/J14-05.1

Chen, F., Hesselberg, T., Porter, D. and Vollrath, F. (2013). The impact behaviour of silk cocoons. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 2648-2657.
DOI:10.1242/jeb.082545.

Hesselberg, T. (2013). Web-building flexibility differs in two spatially constrained orb spiders. Journal of Insect Behavior 26, 283-303.
DOI: 10.1007/s10905-012-9335-7

Hesselberg, T. and Vollrath, F. (2012). The mechanical properties of the non-sticky spiral in Nephila orb webs (Araneae, Nephilidae). Journal of Experimental Biology215, 3362-3369.
DOI: 10.1242/​jeb.068890.

Eberhard, W. G. and Hesselberg, T. (2012). Cues that spiders (Araneae: Araneidae, Tetragnathidae) use to build orbs: lapses in attention to one set of cues because of dissonance with others? Ethology 118, 610-620.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.2012.02048.x.

Turner, J., Vollrath, F. and Hesselberg, T. (2011). Wind speed affects prey-catching behaviour in an orb web spider. Naturwissenschaften 98, 1063-1067.
DOI: 10.1007/s00114-011-0854-4.

Hesselberg, T. (2010). Ontogenetic changes in web design in two orb-web spiders. Ethology 116, 535-545.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0310.2010.01760.x

Hesselberg, T. and Triana, E. (2010). The web of the acacia orb-spider Eustala illicita (Araneae: Araneidae) with notes on its natural history. Journal of Arachnology38, 21-26.
DOI: 10.1636/HI09-59.1

Hesselberg, T. and Lehmann, F.-O. (2009). The role of experience in flight behaviour of Drosophila. Journal of Experimental Biology. 212, 3377-3386.
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.025221

Hesselberg, T. (2009). Sensors and control systems for micro-air vehicles: lessons from flies. Sensor Review, 29, 120-126.
DOI: 10.1108/02602280910936228

Hesselberg, T. and Lehmann, F.-O. (2007). Turning behaviour depends on frictional damping in the fruit fly Drosophila. Journal of Experimental Biology 210, 3419-3434.
DOI: 10.1242/jeb.010389

Hesselberg, T. (2007). Biomimetics and the case of the remarkable ragworms. Naturwissenschaften 94, 613-621.
DOI: 10.1007/s00114-006-0212-0

Hesselberg, T. and Vincent, J.F.V. (2006). The function of parapodial setae in a nereidid polychaete moving on two different substrata. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 335, 235-244
DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2006.03.008

Hesselberg, T. and Vollrath, F. (2006). Temperature affects both web spider response time and prey escape speed. Bulletin of the British arachnological Society 13, 275-280.

Hesselberg, T. and Vincent, J.F.V. (2006). A comparative study of functional morphology of parapodia and setae in nereids (Polychaeta: Nereididae). Animal Biology56, 103-120.
DOI: 10.1163/157075606775904704

La Spina, G., Hesselberg, T., Williams, J. and Vincent, J.F.V. (2005). A biomimetic approach to robot locomotion in unstructured and slippery environments. Journal of Bionics Engineering 2, 1-14.

Hesselberg, T. and Vollrath, F. (2004). The effects of neurotoxins on web-geometry and web-building behaviour in Araneus diadematus Cl. Physiology & Behavior82, 519-529.
DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2004.04.058


Other academic publications

Lena, T. A., Hesselberg, T., Drakidis, A., Silva, P. and Gomes, S. (2017). Mosquito inspired medical needles. Proc. SPIE Vol. 10162, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2017, 1016208. doi:10.1117/12.2261399. http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?articleid=2621659

Hesselberg, T. (2014). Animal Behaviour: An Introduction, Oxford University Department for Continuing Education in collaboration with TALL. Online course.

Lenau, T. A. and Hesselberg, T. (2014). Self-organisation and motion in plants. Proc. SPIE Vol. 9055, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 90550F (March 8, 2014). Doi:10.1117/12.2045155. http://proceedings.spiedigitallibrary.org/proceeding.aspx?articleid=1845822

Lenau, T. and Hesselberg, T. (2013). Biomimetic self-organisation and self-healing. In Engineered Biomimicry (Eds Lakhtakia,, A. and Martin-Palma, R. J.) (pages 333-358). Elsevier, Amsterdam.
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/book/9780124159952

Hesselberg, T. (2012). Data Analysis in Ecology, University of Oxford CPD Centre in collaboration with TALL. Online course.

Hesselberg,T. (2010). Notas sobre la capacidad de construir telas orbiculares en el laboratorio por arañas neotropicales. Puente Biológico 3: 101-109.

Hesselberg, T. (2006). Biomimetics: learning from nature. Proceedings of the Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution, 9: 150-153.


 

Selected conferences, seminars and academic visits

2014
– Gave an invited public lecture in Danish at the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters entitled ‘Hjulspindets hemmeligheder og edderkoppers spindeadfærd’.

2013
– Giving a departmental seminar at the Danish Centre for Applied Mathematics and Mechanics(DCAMM) at the Technical University of Denmark entitled ‘Numerical modelling of biological systems: the spider orb web’

– Attending and presenting a poster entitled ‘Behavioural flexibility and learning in orb spiders’ at the ASAB (Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour) Winter Conference in London.

2011
– Attending and giving a presentation entitled ‘Edderkoppe-silke: dets funktion, egenskaber og biomimetiske potentiale’. (Translated title: Spider silk: its function, properties and biomimetic potential) at an applied biomimetic workshop arranged by the Danish Technological Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark.

– Attending and giving a presentation entitled ‘Why is the non-sticky spiral retained in some orb webs?’ at the 104th Annual Meeting of the German Zoological Society, Saarbrücken, Germany.

– Attending and giving a presentation entitled ‘Physcial cognition and behavioural flexibility in orb spiders’ at the Physical Cognition & Problem-Solving workshop at the University of Birmingham, U.K.

2010
– Giving an animal behaviour seminar at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford entitled ‘Why do nephilid spiders retain the non-sticky spiral in their webs?’

– Attending and giving a presentation entitled ‘The mechanical importance of retaining the non-sticky spiral in Nephila webs’ at the 18th International Congress of Arachnology in Siedlce, Poland

– Attending and presenting a poster entitled ‘Scaling effects and behavioural responses to wind-loading in orb webs: a comparative study’ at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology in Prague, Czech Republic

2009
– Giving an animal behaviour seminar at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford entitled ‘Ontogenetic changes in web design’

– Giving a behavioural seminar at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama entitled ‘Behavioural plasticity in orb-spiders’.

2007
– One week visit to the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK. Working on a grant proposal.

– Attending and giving a presentation entitled ‘Visuo-motor learning during orientation flight of the fruit fly Drosophila’ at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology in Glasgow, U.K. (SEBatGlasgow 2007).

– Attending and giving a presentation entitled ‘Simulating naturally occurring changes in body kinematics in a virtual flight arena’ at the Priority Program SPP1207 workshop on Measurements and Simulations of Animal Locomotion in Darmstadt, Germany.

2005
– Attending and giving a presentation entitled ‘Biomimetic traction for endoscopy’ at the Commercial Biomimetics conference at the University of Bath.

– Attending and presenting a poster entitled ‘The functional morphology of locomotion in the ragworm Nereis diversicolor’ at the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB-Barcelona 2005) in Barcelona, Spain.

– Giving a public lecture entitled ‘Biomimetics – Learning from Nature’ at the Bath Royal Scientific & Literary Institution.

– Attending and presenting a poster and a short demonstration at the BIRO-NET (Biological inspired robotics network) EASTER Symposium 2005, University of Bath.

– Visiting the department of Marine Biology at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands for the month of March.

2004
– Attending the international two-week postgraduate course ‘Sensory Ecology’ at University of Lund in Sweden.

– Attending and giving a short presentation at the International Workshop on Biologically Inspired Robots, University of Bath.

– Attending and giving a presentation at the FET-IST 24 month review meeting for BIOLOCH in Bonn, Germany.

2003
– Attending the FET-IST 12 month review meeting for BIOLOCH in Alicante, Spain.

– Participating in a one-day workshop on SolidEdge training.

– Attending the 12-month meeting of the BIOLOCH-project at FORTH in Heraklion, Greece.

2002
-Attending the 6-month meeting of the BIOLOCH-project at the Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

2001
– Visiting the Department of Integrative Biology, University of Basel, Switzerland for 6 days in connection with my master research project.