Ever wondered why twilight or night-active tarantulas can be so vividly colored with cobalt blues and bottle greens? Our new work with former DBS grad student Saoirse Foley suggests that green color could be used in crypsis while blues possibly in inter- and intra-sexual signalling based on most genera we examined exhibiting a high degree of opsin diversity seen in colorful jumping spiders.
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Welcome to our Evolutionary Photonics lab, where we hang out at the interface of organismal, evolutionary, and developmental biology, soft matter physics, biomaterials, biophotonics, and biomimetics. We are interested in a precise, holistic understanding of bio-photonic nano-structures underlying animal and plant structural coloration (both iridescent and non-iridescent colors; both extant and extinct) in terms of their optical and biological function, development, evolution, and biomimetic and bio-inspired technological applications!