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.
The new Mumford & Sons single “If I Say” features a fluid-dynamical music video. It’s full of dendritic fingers and flowing colors – likely from combinations of inks, paints, and other fluids. Although the fingers are reminiscent of the viscosity-dependent Saffman-Taylor instability, these appear to be driven by variations in surface tension between the different fluids. That’s a major feature throughout the video; although some of the flow is caused by the syringes depositing fluids, much of it seems to be a Marangoni effect, where flow moves away from areas of low surface tension to ones with higher surface tension. (Video credit: Mumford & Sons; filmed by P. Hofstede; via Katie M.)