Dr. Laura Elizabeth Bagge
Natural Systems Sensing Lab
University of Florida REEF and Air Force Research Lab
laura.elizabeth.bagge AT gmail.com
I am an integrative biologist interested in how the ultrastructure of tissues influences their optical properties, and more specifically, how these optical properties relate to morphological and physiological mechanisms of camouflage in animals. I use an interdisciplinary approach by applying techniques in biophotonics to understand how certain organisms change color or render their bodies transparent.
Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Natural Systems Sensing Lab at the AFRL located at Eglin AFB, working within the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida Research Engineering and Education Facility (REEF). I completed a PhD in Biology in Sönke Johnsen’s lab at Duke University.
May 2018: New publication out in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics
Excited to co-author my first postdoc publication in the Gorodetsky Group with graduate students Atrouli Chatterjee, Brenna Norton-Baker, and Priyam Patel.
An introduction to color-changing systems from the cephalopod protein reflectin
Read it online here!
Download the pdf here!
Cephalopods (not crustaceans for once!) as inspiration. This baby Octopus bimaculoides (pictured to the left) would inspire anyone, right?
November 2017: New publication out in Journal of Experimental Biology
Very excited to make the cover!
Read my paper: Transparent anemone shrimp (Ancylomenes pedersoni) become opaque after exercise and physiological stress in correlation with increased hemolymph perfusion.
Watch a cool micro-CT scan of one of the shrimp!
Read Elizabeth Pennisi's write-up in Science about this work from when I first presented the results at SICB 2016.