Dr. Matthew Shawkey


Associate Professor

Department of Biology

Terrestrial Ecology Group

Ledeganckstraat 35

University of Gent

9000 Gent, Belgium

(+32) 9 264 53 24

matthew.shawkeyATugentDOTbe

Dr. Rafael  Maia


rm72ATzipsDOTuakronDOTedu


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Currently a Simons Junior Fellow at Columbia University, NYC

Dr. Chad  Eliason


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Currently a postdoctoral researcher at University of Texas-Austin

Current students:

Chance Mitan-

    Microscopy techniques, variation in structural

color (1st place in Biology undergraduate research symposium)


Nick Justyn (now M.Sc. student)

    Feather taphonomy, Structure-pigment     

    combinations


Past Students:

Jean-Pierre Iskander

    Physical basis of red color

(1st place in Biology undergraduate research symposium)


Jessica Trushel

     Mechanisms and evolution of green plumage     color (3rd placein Biology undergraduate research symposium)


Michael Zinsmeister-

    Mechanism of blue hair color


Robert Gatto

       Self-organization of melanosomes


Alex Miksit

    Tensile strength associated with differences in

    melanization


Jessica LaHurd

    Function of feathers in Tree Swallow nests


Leah Kieffer

    Physical/chemical bases of Budgerigar color


Ray Schmitt

    Thermal properties of colored feathers


Holly Snyder

    Mechanisms of iridescence in golden moles

(Published paper in Biology Letters, 3rd place in Biology undergraduate research symposium)


Lindsay Poremba 

   Self-assembly of melanosomes in  iridescent feathers


Pallavi Karunakaran

    Egg contamination in relation to microclimate of incubation


Lexi Firth, NSF REU student

Functions of feathers in Tree Swallow nests








Principal Investigator
Graduate students
Undergraduate research

People

The Shawkey Lab

Jessica LaHurd

Holly Snyder

Lexi Firth

Dr. Liliana D'Alba

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research interests : 

Links between ecology, physiological and behavioral

adaptations. Avian incubation and antimicrobial defense in birds.

Research affiliates

Bill Hsiung

IB PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow

borkaihsiungATgmailDOTcom

co-advised by Dr. Todd A. Blackledge

corporate sponsor: Sherwin-Williams

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research interests:

Biomimicry, Biomaterials (Spider silks)

Structural Colors

Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens

IB PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow

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corporate sponsor: Parker Hannifin

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research interests:

Mimicking structural colors, smart materials, biomimetic applications

Jean-Pierre Iskander

Ming Xiao

PhD Student, Polymer science

Co-advised by Prof. Ali Dhinojwala

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research interests:

mechanism of structural colors of different types in bird feathers

biomimicy of feather colors based on polymer science

Post-doctoral researchers

Branislav Igic

brani.igicATgmailDOTcom


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research interests:

Visual and acoustic communication in birds,

eggshell structure and coloration, mimicry and deceptive signalling.

Jenny Peteya

IB PhD Student

jp131ATzipsDOTuakronDOTedu


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research interests:

paleontology, taphonomy, animal color

Lab Alumni
Graduate students