In Brazil with macaw

Adam P. Summers

Trained as an engineer and mathematician he turned to biology to satisfy a deep need to interact with nature.  His research applies simple physics and engineering principles to animals to understand the evolution of complex behaviors like feeding, movement and reproduction.  The images shown here are the raw material that underlies his research.  He is a professor at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Labs and was the scientific consultant on Finding Nemo.  He is obsessed with fishes and has recently come to realize that the tools and aims of science, art and poetry are more congruent than he had supposed.