Variation and Evolution

Computational models have been important for studying the connection between form and function involving fluid flow. However, understanding evolution of such structures requires understanding how variation in morphology and kinematics impacts functional performance. Exploring this functional space through simulations is computationally expensive and difficult.

In a collaboration with Dr. Yanyan He (Mathematics, New Mexico Tech), we are using uncertainty quantification to both assess the impact of variation on functional performance and make predictions about the patterns of form that might be observed in existing organismal diversity.