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.
Artist Kamiel Rongen uses common substances like paint, oil, eggs, and even air freshener to create what he calls “water ballet.” His videos are full of ethereal and surreal landscapes full of color and motion. Buoyancy (or the lack thereof) plays a major role in his work - fluids often spurt upward like alien creatures emerging from a chrysalis. I’ve been debating with myself whether the fluids are actually rising or if they’re falling in front of an upside-down camera, and I’m not completely certain either way! I think that’s a testament both to Rongen’s artistry and to the awesome physics involved. Check out the full video below and you can see many more examples of Rongen’s work on his website. (Image and video credit: K. Rongen; h/t to James H.)