MBL Senior Scientist Roger Hanlon, Director of the Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior, will explore camouflage used by marine animals at the next “Science Before Supper” talk, Thursday, January 17 at 5:00 PM at the Falmouth Public Library’s Hermann Foundation Meeting Room, 300 Main Street, Falmouth. His talk, “Color Change and Patterning in Ocean Animals: Science, Art, and Technology,” originally scheduled for December 17, is the second talk in the series co-sponsored by the MBL Associates and the Falmouth Library. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Hanlon is a diving biologist who has published more than 160 scientific papers, with emphasis on camouflage and communication signals in marine animals. His research on the amazing camouflage skills of octopus, squid, and cuttlefish has uncovered some basic principles of camouflage and he is now exploring whether the principles apply to all animals, both terrestrial and aquatic. Hanlon is also collaborating with materials scientists and nanotechnologists to develop “metamaterials” which—like squid skin—are observant, adaptive, and responsive to the environment.
For more information about the “Science Before Supper” series, contact the MBL Communications Office at (508) 289-7423; firstname.lastname@example.org or the Falmouth Library at (508) 457-2555.