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.
Sound can manipulate fluids in fascinating ways, from levitation to vibration. Here researchers use sound to levitate and manipulate droplets and turn them into bubbles. Increasing the acoustic pressure on the levitating droplet flattens it, then slowly causes the drop to buckle. When the buckled film encloses a critical volume, the sound waves resonate inside it. That causes a big jump in acoustic pressure, which makes the drop snap closed into a bubble. (Image and research credit: D. Zang et al.; via Science News; submitted by Kam-Yung Soh)