Associate Professor

Biology Department and Integrated BioScience Program

University of Akron

New papers on chemistry and microstructure of melanin-based plumage color, a rainbow-colored nanostructure have been published in Int. Comp. Biol., RSC Advances and Optics Express!


We welcome Brani Igic as a new post-doc in the lab!


We have published two papers in Nature on 1) the colors of extinct marine reptiles and 2) a possible shift in the melanocortin system of feathered dinosaurs as indicated by an enhanced diversity of melanosome shape.


Matthew Shawkey has been awarded a new 3 year grant from the AFOSR to study and mimic avian optical nanostructures.

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