Development and Evolution of Iridescent Colors in Feathers


photo: Chris Maynard

photo: Chris Maynard

Starting July 2015, I will be joining the Rubenstein Lab and the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University as a Junior Fellow of the Simons Foundation.

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in Luke Harmon’s lab at the University of Idaho. Recently I finished my PhD in the Integrated Bioscience program at the University of Akron, under the supervision of dr. Matthew Shawkey, studying how structural colors are produced in the animal integument, with a focus on bird feathers. Before that, I got a Masters’ degree in Ecology under the supervision of dr. Regina Macedo, in the Animal Behavior lab at the Universidade de Brasília.

Iridescent colors of bird feathers are among the brightest, most dazzling and diverse visual signals found in animals. My PhD research investigates how the nanometer-level organization of color-producing structures in bird feathers takes place during feather development, and how this template can be explored to produce new colors and foster the diversification of sexually-selected phenotypes. For more information on my research, publications, software and contact, follow the links above!