Science on Tap: What Can Jumping Spiders Teach Us About Seeing the World?

  • 6/01/2022 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Science on Tap: What Can Jumping Spiders Teach Us About Seeing the World?

    Join us for our monthly Science on Tap in the Radio Artifact Studio at Urban Artifact! The event starts at 6:00pm. Speaker will begin his presentation at 6:45pm.


    **What can colorful jumping spiders teach us about seeing the world?**

    Insects and spiders face an important challenge: their lifestyles often rely heavily on vision and yet their small size imposes severe spatial constraints on their visual systems. As a result, these tiny animals offer a number of inventive solutions for miniaturized visual sensing, with jumping spiders arguably at the apex. In this seminar, Dr. Morehouse will highlight his recent work to understand how jumping spiders see the world, how these visual capabilities have evolved over time, and how their unusual visual systems have shaped the ways that they communicate with each other.


    Nate Morehouse studies the traits that males and females use to interact over reproduction, with a particular emphasis on color traits and the eyes that perceive them. His research group at the University of Cincinnati studies sexual signaling, sexual selection and visual ecology of butterflies and jumping spiders. He is also the director for the University of Cincinnati’s Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS), a new interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to the study of all things related to sensing and perception, with a particular emphasis on integrating scientific and engineering perspectives with insights from the humanities, social sciences, and fine and performing arts.


    Free parking is available in front of Urban Artifact and on side streets.