Animal Biology


Monica Daley


Monica Daley is a Reader in Locomotor Biomechanics in the Comparative Biomedical Sciences department at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London, UK. Daley trained in Biology (HBSc) at the University of Utah, and earned her PhD at Harvard University, supported by a Predoctoral Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Daley’s PhD research developed novel approaches to investigate in vivo muscle-tendon dynamics and sensorimotor control of locomotion, using ground birds as a bipedal animal model. Daley was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship by the US National Science Foundation to develop neuromechanical models of bipedal locomotion with Dan Ferris at the University of Michigan. Daley joined the RVC in 2008, where her team investigate neuromuscular function from an integrative perspective, with a particular focus on how intrinsic mechanical properties of muscle are integrated with neural control to meet the rapidly changing mechanical demands of non-steady locomotion. In addition to her activities with the Biomechanics group at SEB, Daley serves on the Scientific Board of the conferences Dynamic Walking and Adaptive Motion in Animals and Machines, and the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Experimental Biology, Royal Society Open Science and Physiological and Biochemical Zoology.

Monica Daley
Royal Veterinary College, UK