Mimi Koehl, Professor

Closed (1) Biomechanics of how organisms interact with their physical environments: How turbulent water flow and waves in the ocean affect marine organisms, how protozoan predators and prey swim and interact, and more...

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

We are studying the biomechanics of how organisms interact with their physical environments. Our interdisciplinary work is at the interface between biology and engineering, so students majoring in biology, engineering, physics, or math have all participated in research in our lab.

There are a variety of projects that involve URAP students, so we try to match URAP students with the project that is the best fit to each student's interests and skills. We currently have openings for URAP students to participate in a project studying the hydrodynamics of how protozoan predators capture protozoan prey, and another project determining which environmental signals cause behavioral changes in small swimming larvae of marine animals as they recruit into different habitats.

An undergraduate apprentice would participate in a study that best matched his/her interests. Depending on the project, activities would include making and analyzing video records of organism movements and/or fluid flow patterns.

Qualifications: The student should have completed introductory biology and/or introductory physics. Experience using Excel, Matlab, Python, and R would be helpful, but not essential; coursework in engineering or biology would be helpful, but not essential.

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Related website: http://ib.berkeley.edu/labs/koehl/