Committee Members

Professor Beth Halasz The Cleveland Institute of Art, Biomedical Art Department
Professor Joe Pangrace The Cleveland Institute of Art, Biomedical Art Department
Professor Deb Harris Case Western Reserve University, Department of Biology
Professor Tom Nowacki The Cleveland Institute of Art, Biomedical Art Department


Thesis Statement

   The ability of flight is a unique evolutionary adaptation that
can be seen through the anatomy and physiology of birds. The
importance of the idea that “form equals function,” can be
investigated by looking at the unique anatomical adaptations
between different species of birds who have adapted alternate
flight methods that reflect their individual needs. An in-depth
analysis of a specific species of bird, the Yellow-nosed Albatross,
was performed to better understand how the unique anatomy
of this species reflects the challenges that it must overcome in
order to survive in a marine environment. Because the plumage
covering birds effectively obscures the underlying anatomy, it
makes it difficult to understand the relationship of form and
function with respect to avian flight.

Solution Statement

   The solution being proposed in this thesis is to create a
museum exhibit targeted for a general audience on the topic
of avian flight adaptations with an emphasis on the specialized
flight and anatomy of the Yellow-nosed Albatross. Large scale
illustrations accompanied by text will work together to provide
an educational experience for visitors to the exhibition. To
further enrich the illustrations there will be accompanying
components that promote interaction from the audience in
order to create a memorable experience and elicit greater
interest in the topic of avian flight adaptations.




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Additional Resources

Case Western Reserve Thinkbox
Aves 3D Database
Biosphera 3D Bird Anatomy (Pigeon) Program
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Educational Website
Audubon Field Guide Website