Welcome to the Physical Ecology Group at the University of Lincoln
Although organisms obey the same physical laws as inanimate objects the evolutionary implications of these laws are often neglected. Physical factors influence the fitness value of traits and play an important role in the course of evolution. These are the areas of investigation that interest us.
There is a constant drama playing out overhead, though most of us do not take the time to watch. Fortunately, a few, like Blaž Šter, do and make timelapse videos that allow us to enjoy hours of atmospheric drama in only a few minutes. This timelapse shows a cloudy and rainy mid-July day in Slovenia, where an unstable atmosphere leads to turbulent and dramatic clouds. In an unstable atmosphere, it’s easier for vertical motion to take place between altitudes. For example, a parcel of warm air displaced upward will continue to rise because it will be lighter and more buoyant than the surrounding air. This is key to the strong convection that can generate thunderstorms.
(Image and video credit: B. Šter, source)