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.
Near the surface of the sun, the interplay of magnetic fields and plasma flow creates solar prominences that appear to dance. The prominence shown here was recorded in 2012 by the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory, and its arc is large enough to easily surround the Earth. This is fluid dynamics – specifically magnetohydrodynamics – on a scale difficult for us earthbound humans to imagine. Scientists are still working to understand the complex processes that drive flows like this one. Fortunately, we can appreciate their beauty regardless. (Image credit: NASA SDO, source; via APOD; submitted by jpshoer)