From Finding Nemo to Finding Patents - Natural History as Inspiration for Science and Art

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Quillen Family Auditorium, Goodwin Hall

Professor Adam Summers
Keohane Distinguished Professor
University of Washington

About Professor Summer

Adam P. Summers earned his doctorate in biology from the University of Massachusetts. He went west to the University of California, Berkeley for a Miller post-doctoral fellowship, where he worked on salamanders and caecilians. Summers started his own productive lab at the University of California, Irvine, studying cartilaginous fishes, amphibians and invertebrates, and winning teaching awards at the departmental, school, and university level. He was also awarded the George Bartholomew Prize from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology for his research. In 2008, he spent a year in Washington, D.C. serving as a program director at the National Science Foundation, where he won the Director’s Award for Excellence. In 2009, Summers moved to the Friday Harbor Laboratories at the University of Washington to be closer to the organisms he studied. He has published more than 100 peer  reviewed publications and has written nearly as many articles for the popular press. For many years he was a regular columnist for Natural History Magazine; he has also shared his love  of biomechanics as a scientific advisor for the movies ‘Finding Nemo’ and ‘Finding Dory’. This exposure to the intersection of art and science has recently led to a show of images of cleared and stained fishes featured in three countries and more than 30 popular-press outlets.