Dr. Anna Westermeier

Dr. Anna Westermeier

Research Area C

Plant Biomechanics Group Freiburg, Botanic Garden Freiburg


BioElast – Kinematic Principles and Motion Design in Shape-Shifting Plant Structures

Project description
In my project, which is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg, I investigate plants that are able to achieve very fast movements. I am interested in the kinematic principles and functional-morphological and biomechanical characteristics underlying this capacity. My focus lies on analysing the active and/or passive actuation mechanisms enabling the complex global deformation that occurs in carnivorous plants and orchid pollination systems.

First Supervisor
Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck

Publications in livMatS