Organismic Structure and Function
All organisms interact with their habitat and with other organisms; in this respect, form and function are closely related. Morphological structures can be regarded as mechanical interfaces between species and their habitats. Modern digital techniques provide new and very detailed insights into the structure of animals’ bodies at both micro- and macroscopic levels. Using imaging and numerical techniques, researchers visualize, document and quantify the functions of animal structures. The results enable us to comprehend and explain evolutionary strategies and interactions with the environment. Technical transfers inspired by biology in the field of bionics lead to further applications.