As a functional morphologist, the goal pervasive to all my research is to describe the links among the structures (e.g. organismal morphology), underlying mechanisms (e.g. biomechanics), and the emergent phenomena (e.g. performance, ecological and evolutionary patterns) in live organisms. My Miller project focuses on the trade-offs among ventilation, drinking, and locomotion in a group of animals that pushes the limits in all of those biological functions: hummingbirds.