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.
One of my favorite aspects of fluid dynamics is the way that the same patterns and phenomena appear over and over again – sometimes in the most unexpected places. That’s the theme of my new article in American Scientist, which focuses on the connections between our daily lives and the stars:
“Solar energy arises from nuclear fusion reactions in the core, but that energy is buried hundreds of thousands of kilometers beneath the surface, and most of the Sun’s overlying gas is nearly opaque; it hinders light from passing through, like a blanket thrown over a flashlight. Clearly the Sun does shine—but how? For the answer, you can simply go to your kitchen, fill a kettle, and flip on a burner.” #