Event Title

Play of Color in Bird Feathers

Location

101 Science & Nursing Building

Start Date

27-4-2018 10:00 AM

End Date

27-4-2018 10:30 AM

Description

Coloration in a biological organism supports mating, survival, identification, and other evolutionary processes. This coloration may be due to pigmentation produced by an organism or by play of color through structuring. This is significant because organisms use play of color to produce coloration that pigmentation alone is not capable of expressing. I explored the microstructure of the tail feather in peacocks using scanning electron microscopy to determine whether feather structure relates to the colors observed by the human eye. I hypothesize that microscopic structures of the feathers contribute to the overall color variation observed in peacock tail feathers.

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Play of Color in Bird Feathers

101 Science & Nursing Building

Coloration in a biological organism supports mating, survival, identification, and other evolutionary processes. This coloration may be due to pigmentation produced by an organism or by play of color through structuring. This is significant because organisms use play of color to produce coloration that pigmentation alone is not capable of expressing. I explored the microstructure of the tail feather in peacocks using scanning electron microscopy to determine whether feather structure relates to the colors observed by the human eye. I hypothesize that microscopic structures of the feathers contribute to the overall color variation observed in peacock tail feathers.