PAOC Colloquium: Kakani Katija (MBARI)
About the Speaker
The science theme that drives my research is: As organisms live and develop in a turbulent and changing fluid environment, how do fluid interactions impact their ecology, swimming ability, and behavior, and how can we learn from these strategies for application to bio-inspired design? To address this science theme, my research strives to answer the following questions: What are the tools that we need to study marine organisms and processes in their natural environment? How can we use these tools to inform how systems function, their optimizations (e.g., ecological niches), and how do changes in this system (e.g., morphological and environmental perturbations) impact their ability to function? From the lessons learned, how can we apply these ideas to technology that furthers exploration and discovery of the oceans? I hope to address these questions by using an integrated design, ecological, and engineering approach: (1) bringing the laboratory into the ocean by developing tools and techniques that provide insight on how the marine organism or process functions within its natural environment (e.g., ecological context); (2) bringing the ocean into the laboratory by conducting advanced imaging experiments on live specimens and/or developing mechanical mimics (e.g., models, robotics) to further delineate function and investigate how the system is optimized during controlled experiments; and (3) applying the lessons learned to technology that advance marine research and engineering missions.
About this Series
The PAOC Colloquium is a weekly interdisciplinary seminar series that brings together the whole PAOC community. Seminar topics include all research concerning the physics, chemistry, and biology of the atmospheres, oceans and climate, but also talks about e.g. societal impacts of climatic processes. The seminars generally take place on Monday from 12-1pm. Lunch is provided to encourage students and post-docs to meet with the speaker. Besides the seminar and lunch, individual meetings with professors, post-docs, and students are arranged.