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able to figure out why those fish went to that spot, and launched my career in studying amphibious fishes. How does photography influence the way you see the world? Do you feel that you see things around you differently? Photography makes me more aware of the shapes around me. It really helps me understand form, and the subtle differences in the structures of the world. I find myself staring up at the trees at different angles or even just looking closely at the bark to really understand their shapes and why those shapes exist. Photography has really given me an appreciation for every kind of shape, as they all have their functions. I enjoy staring at forms until I can understand their functions. Who/what inspires you creatively? What do you ‘feed’ on the most? Fish (and vertebrate) diversity inspire me most. I love capturing the organizational and structural beauty of every species of fish. Because there are so many species, I will not run out of creativity for a long time. Each species, by definition, has its unique characteristics, so I have as many potential pieces to create as species. As I learn more

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techniques, gain new ideas, and understand Photoshop better, I find that I can enhance the forms of each fish in new and different ways. Even with a limited number of species, the possibilities are endless. What are you working on right now? Any exciting projects you want to tell us about? I have four exciting projects that I am working on right now. The first is a project that got started because of my art. I was clearing and staining a bunch of different fish, and noticed something interesting about the mouths of armored suckermouth catfishes (aka plecos). I found the clearing process did not work well on their mouths, which is unusual. Through additional staining, I found out that they have large amounts of collagen in their lips. Through the help of my collaborators Jonathan Armbruster and Nathan Lujan, I found that the amount of collagen in their lips varies between species, but thicker, more collagenous lips have evolved multiple times in the species that live in fast-flowing, rocky rivers. We think the additional collagen helps these fish hold onto rocks with their oral suction cups while experiencing high drag forces. Because of the clearing and staining nature of this project, I am working on a funky artistic piece to submit as the cover of the Journal

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ZQ: Our mission is to establish a credible platform showcasing the nexus of science and design in the field of biologically inspired design,...

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ZQ: Our mission is to establish a credible platform showcasing the nexus of science and design in the field of biologically inspired design,...

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