Victor M. Ortega-Jimenez


Postdoctoral Fellow in the Animal Flight Laboratory

My research focuses on how animal fliers deal with complex environmental flows such as rain, Von Kármán streets, and dust devils. I am also interested in the trade-offs experienced by animals during wetting, and in the effects of electrostatic charges generated on flying insects and hummingbirds.


Youtube research channels: ornithopterus, ciencia para todos


Ortega-Jimenez, V. M., Sapir, N. Wolf, M., Variano, E., Dudley, R. 2014. Into turbulent air: size-   dependent effects of von Kármán vortex streets on hummingbird flight kinematics and energetics. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 2014018.

Ortega-Jimenez, V. M., Mittal, R., Hedrick, T. L. 2014. Hawkmoth flight performance in tornado-like whirlwind vortices. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 9: 025003.

Ortega-Jimenez, V. M., Dudley, R.. 2013. Spiderweb deformation induced by electrostatically charged insects. Scientific Reports 3: 2108.

Ortega-Jimenez, V. M., Greeter, J. S., Mittal, R., Hedrick, T. L. 2013. Hawkmoth flight stability in turbulent vortex streets. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 4567-4579.

Ortega-Jiménez, V. M., Dudley, R. 2012. Flying in the rain: hovering performance of Anna’s Hummingbirds under varied precipitation. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 279:3996-4002.

Ortega-Jiménez, V. M., Dudley, R. 2012. Aerial shaking performance of wet Anna’s Hummingbirds. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9:1093-1099. doi: 10.1098/rsif.2011.0608.

Ortega-Jiménez, V. M., Álvarez-Borrego S., Arriaga-Ramírez S., Renner, M., Bridge, S. E. 2011. Maximum load-carrying during takeoff of Cassin’s Auklet and Leach’s Storm-Petrel. Waterbirds 34: 102-106. doi: 10.1675/063.034.0113.

Ortega-Jiménez, V. M., Álvarez-Borrego S., Arriaga-Ramírez S. 2011 Parental Infanticide in Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) during nest defense. Journal of Raptor Research 45: 93-95. doi: 10.3356/JRR-10-65.1

Ortega-Jiménez, V. M., S. Álvarez-Borrego, S. Arriaga- Ramírez, M. Renner, Bridge, E. S. 2010. Takeoff flight performance and plumage wettability in Cassin’s Auklet Ptychoramphus aleuticus, Xantus’s Murrelet Synthliboramphus hypoleucus and Leach’s Storm-Petrel Oceanodroma leucorhoa. Journal of Ornithology 151:169–177. doi:10.1007/s10336-009-0441-z

Ortega-Jiménez, V. M., Álvarez-Borrego, S. 2010. Alcid feathers wet on one side impede air outflow without compromising resistance to water penetration. Condor 112:172–176. doi:10.1525/cond.2010.090137

Representative media coverage:

Hummingbirds shake their heads to deal with rain

Birds Switch Gears to Stay on Course

When hummingbirds fly unfriendly skies

How Spiderweb’s Shocking Charge Captures Prey

Flying robots: Nature inspires next generation design


Ortega V. M. 2014. La telaraña: trampa electrostástica. Ciencia y Desarollo. (in press)
Ortega V. M. 2013. Electrostatic sight over the insect world. The Daily Californian, July 14.
Ortega V. M. 2012. Acrobacias aéreas bajo la lluvia. Ciencia y Desarrollo. Septiembre-Octubre.
Ortega V. M. 2011. Evolucion de la locomoción animal. Ciencia (Revista de la Academia Mexicana de Ciencias) 62:60-67.
Ortega, V.M. and T. Velázquez. 2010. Amores Extremos. La Jornada en la Ciencia.
Ortega, V.M and Terán B E. 2010. Concha Urquiza, entre el accidente y el suicidio. La Jornada en la Ciencia.
Ortega V.M., Arriaga R. S. y Terán B. E. 2010. La divulgación de la ciencia en México vista a través de blogs. La Jornada en la Ciencia.