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.
“Volumes” is an experimental art film by Maxim Zhestkov using physics-based particle animation. Waves and unseen forces send billions of color-changing particles aloft in the film. The motions – especially the way the particles seem to tear themselves – are reminiscent of a complex fluid, like yogurt. These substances have both liquid-like (viscous) and solid-like (elastic) properties depending on the forces they experience. Zhestkov’s particles are similar; they move like a fluid but tear more like a solid.
I particularly like the sequence beginning at 1:30. The upwelling of particles leaves behind a lower layer that looks like a snapshot of convection in a planetary mantle while the upper layer resembles the clash of ocean waves. The whole film is quite mesmerizing. Check it out! (Video and image credit: M. Zhestkov; GIFs via Colossal)