I am a Simons Foundation Junior Fellow in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University, working in the Rubenstein Lab. Before that I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Luke Harmon’s lab at the University of Idaho, after finishing my PhD in Integrated Bioscience 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.
Iridescent colors are among the brightest, most dazzling and diverse visual signals found in animals. My research focuses on how the nanometer-level organization of structures responsible for producing these colors takes place during feather development, and how this template can be explored to expand the avian color palette and facilitate the diversification of sexually-selected ornaments.
.@hylopsar's talk on bird coloration evolution was so engaging that a tiny bird (left) came to listen! #evol2016 pic.twitter.com/hzqHDrDTMw— Shana Caro (@ShanaCaro) June 18, 2016
carreer highlight: reaching out to the avian audience!