Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
The Taboada lab lies at the interface of biochemistry, evolution, and visual ecology. We investigate mechanisms that explain remarkable optical traits in amphibians, such as biological mirrors that amplify colored signals, the influence of fluorescence emission in the modulation of brightness, and the convergent evolution of novel fluorescent proteins that make treefrogs green. We draw from chemistry, photonics, protein science, evolution, and visual ecology.
Keywords: treefrogs, camouflage, biochemistry, protein evolution, animal fluorescence, visual ecology, optics