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.
Liquid sunbursts and swirling aquatic roses abound in photographer Mark Mawson’s work. Images like these are created from dropping ink into water and photographing it as it diffuses. For the roses, the tank is additionally stirred or spinning to create the vortex-like appearance. Check out his website for more striking images, including more billowing ink, some great splashes and beautiful turbulent mixing between coffee and milk. (Image credit: M. Mawson; submitted by clogwog)