Dr. Laura Elizabeth Bagge
Air Force Research Laboratory
laura.elizabeth.bagge AT gmail.com
I am an integrative biologist and visual ecologist 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. In other words, I use interdisciplinary approaches to study how animals see and avoid being seen.
Currently, I am a Senior Biologist at Torch Technologies, working as part of the Natural Systems Sensing Lab at the AFRL located at Eglin AFB. I completed a PhD in Biology in Sönke Johnsen’s lab at Duke University before being awarded an NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
July 2020: New publication out in special issue of Applied Optics
Excited to announce this publication based off my postdoc work in the Natural Sensing Systems Lab with Craig Kenton, Bridget Lyons, Ric Wehling, and Dennis Goldstein, studying gold scarabs and their interesting circularly polarized reflections.
Read our open access publication here!
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.