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Suzanne Amador Kane

Suzanne Amador Kane is a physicist and Professor and Chair of Physics and Astronomy at Haverford College. She is well known for her work utilizing video to understand the behavior of various species of birds.

My research interests lie at the interface of biological physics, soft condensed matter physics and statistical physics. My research projects have included studies of how animals use visual guidance during predator pursuit and prey evasion, the biomechanics of peacock mating displays, the kinematics of raptor take-off flight, how birds signal by calling during flocking, computer modeling of bacterial diversity in ecosystems, and biologically-inspired nanostructures. My students and I approach these problems using a combination of experimental techniques, including high-speed and stereometric 3D video, bioacoustics and computational modeling. Before coming to Haverford, I focused on using scattering techniques (x-ray and optical) in the study of biological membranes and low-dimensional soft matter systems.

Are Peacock Eyespots Eye-Catching For Predators?

Ever since Darwin, the vividly colorful feathers used by many male birds to attract females have been assumed to attract predators as well. However, a new study published in PLOS ONE indicates that these ornaments are not necessarily eye-catching to […]