The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig

is a research museum of the Leibniz Association

Mechanistic insights into biology through scaling studies

Date: 
Mon, 12/14/2020 - 5:00pm
Meeting point: 
Lectures by Zoom Meetings. Links will be provided before talks
Event type: 
Lecture
Event series: 
Colloquium on evolution and biodiversity
Target group: 
Studierende, Wissenschaftler
Lecturer: 
Dr. David Labonte, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London

Some of the most fruitful endeavours to port physical approaches to biology have involved questions of scale. Selective pressures may drive species to grow to different sizes, take on various shapes, and adopt different energetic lifestyles and behaviours, but the laws of physics provide insurmountable boundaries to what is possible, and govern both the internal workings of life, and all interactions with the external environment.

In this talk, I will discuss how scaling studies can provide insight into complex biological questions, focusing on two examples: The mechanisms which allow animals to climb on smooth inverted surfaces, and the foraging behaviour of leaf-cutter ants.

Contact person

Head of Section
+49 228 9122-241
+49 228 9122-295
h.waegele [at] leibniz-zfmk.de

Colloquium on biology

Prof. Dr. H. Wägele
Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig,
Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany
 
Prof. Dr. G. von der Emde
Institute of Zoology, Poppelsdorfer Schloss,
Meckenheimer Allee 169, 53115 Bonn, Germany

Place: Great lecture hall, Poppelsdorfer Schloß
Time: mondays, 17.15 h

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