Evolution in extreme environments has produced life forms with amazing abilities and traits. Beneath the waves, many creatures sport iridescent structures that rival what materials scientists can make in the laboratory.
The study was led by Alison Sweeney, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomyin Penn’s School of Arts & Sciences, and Daniel Morse, professor emeritus in UCSB’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology and Director of its Marine Biotechnology Center. The team also includes lead author Amanda Holt, a postdoctoral researcher formerly at UCSB and now at Penn, as well as Sanaz Vahidinia of NASA’s Ames Research Center and Yakir Luc Gagnon of Duke University.
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