Biological Light Control: Optical and Photonic Nanostructures in Mantis Shrimps

mantis shrimp

Presented by: 

Professor Dan Morse from the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies and the Center for Bioengineering at UCSB.


Thomas W. Cronin, Ph.D.
Professor, Biological Sciences
University of Maryland, Baltimore County


October 27, 2015


4:00PM to 5:00PM


Engineering Science Building, UCSB, #1001


Please join us for a seminar by Professor Thomas Cronin from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Professor Cronin will speak about his research on optical and photonic nanstuctures in mantis shrimps.  The seminar is presented by Professor Dan Morse from the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies and the Center for Bioengineering at UCSB. 


Mantis shrimps are well known for their colorful markings, used in communication with their own and other species.  Less appreciated is their high diversity of polarization markings which apparently serve similar functions.  In fact, mantis shrimps are the only animals known to have the ability to detect circularly polarized light, an ability thought also to play a role in communication. I will discuss some of the nanostructures in mantis shrimp cuticle that are used to produce polarized light patterns, as well as elements in their eyes that control the transmission, classification, perception and reflection of light. 

(J. Exp. Biol. 215: 584.)