Ecological pressure and natural selection lead to clever manipulation of materials, geometry, and forces toward crucial function. We are interested in principles underlying natural solutions and how they may be directed toward pressing human problems, especially those of sustainability.
Fluid dynamics of bio-inspired fog collection
Emergent mechanics of the artificial "bird nest"
Thermoregulation in a plant ant-house
The lab explores bridges between open-source, DIY, maker methods, those of academic laboratory, and citizen science. This effort reaches from both ends: minimally implementing conventional laboratory technique for broader and interdisciplinary purposes; also developing and rigorously testing ideas from open-source communities.