Applied Bio-Mimicry and Ecology Program

Living under intense predation pressure has driven cephalopods (octopuses, squid and cuttlefish) to develop a unique set of behaviors and impressive dynamic camouflaging capability. Mote’s newest Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr. Noam Josef, has studied octopuses camouflage capabilities, their elusive life history and their role as key predators. Cephalopods, particularly octopuses, have attracted the interest of researchers worldwide, including in the defense industry, with the intriguing possibility that their unique camouflage ability can be harnessed to develop camouflage technologies, wearable cloak and other cutting edge products. Dr. Josef has developed a large-scale project to study octopus and cuttlefish camouflage, animals that perform the fastest and most versatile camouflage displays in the animal kingdom. Moreover, he will also study octopus prey-predator interaction with the local stone crab population, and will test an innovative, non-toxic and easy to use method for reducing barnacles in the boating industry.

Internship Opportunities for the Applied Bio-Mimicry and Ecology Program.

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