Brett Klaassen van Oorschot

I am an experimental biologist with an interest in fluid mechanics. For my Ph.D. research, I studied the aerodynamics and biomechanics of morphing avian wings and flexible feathers with Dr. Bret Tobalske (University of Montana, USA).  More recently, I’ve been working with Dr. Rachel Pepper (University of Puget Sound, USA) to understand 1) how filter-feeding microorganisms function in very low Reynolds number flow and 2) how splash-cup organisms utilize the kinetic energy of raindrops to disperse propagules.  At WUR, I will be studying cuttlefish locomotion and fluid/fin interactions.

I am interested in collaborative work across all fields.  I am currently collaborating on several totally different projects, including holographic microscopy, biomechanical modeling using machine learning, and development of an IEC nuclear fusion reactor.  I’m also passionate about teaching, and have worked as a public middle school science teacher.  Beyond research, I enjoy mountain biking, climbing, skiing, playing guitar, photography, flying, woodworking, metalworking, prototyping, and travel.