Jason Vance

College of Charleston

Address: RITA 237, Department of Biology, Charleston, SC 29424
Phone: 843.953.4880
E-mail: vancejt@cofc.edu


Ph.D., 2009, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Research Interests

  • Biomechanics, aerodynamics, and control of insect flight
  • Ontogeny of maximal flight performance and foraging behavior in honey bees

Current research projects

  • Biomechanics and aerodynamics of insect gust response
  • Role of wing joint mechanoreception in the sensory feedback for flight control
  • Effects of age and behavioral development on muscle biochemistry and flight performance


  • Vance, J., Altshuler, D., Dickson, W., Dickinson, M., Roberts, S. (2014). Hovering flight in the honey bee Apis mellifera: Kinematic mechanisms for varying aerodynamic forces. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology, 87: 870-881.
  • Vance, J. T. and Roberts, S.P. (2014). The effects of artificial wing wear on the flight capacity of the honey bee Apis mellifera. Journal of Insect Physiology, 65: 27-36.
  • Vance, J., Faruque, I., and Humbert, J. S. (2013).  Kinematic strategies for mitigating gust perturbation in insects. Bioinspiration and Biomimetics, 8: 016004.
  • Vance, J., Williams, J., Elekonich, M., Roberts, S. (2009). The effects of age and behavioral development on the flight capacity of honey bee (Apis mellifera). Journal of Experimental Biology, 212: 2604-2611
  • Altshuler, D., Dickson, W., Vance, J., Roberts, S., Dickinson, M. (2005). Short amplitude, high frequency wing strokes determine the aerodynamics of honeybee flight. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,102(50):18213-18218