Dr. Steven Vogel's projects mainly ask how the structural arrangements of organisms reflect adaptation to the mechanics of moving fluids.
For his collaboration with Lelavision he wrote "The Bio Ballistic Ball", an essay on the history of ballistics. Lelavision created the performance "Musico Ballistica" based on this amusing look at the sience of throwing things.
Dr. Steven Vogel has worked on such things as the design of fly wings for producing lift and of moth antennae for transmitting air, on the form of leaves in relation to convective cooling in very low winds and to drag-reducing reconfigurations in very high winds, on energy extraction from velocity gradients to improve filtration in sponges and to ventilate deep terrestrial burrows, and on the use of flow-induced subambient pressure to refill pulse-jetting scallops and squid. In addition, he is interested in the problems of written communication of science. His work helped found the field of bio-mechanics.