Mary Caswell "Cassie" Stoddard is one of 18 researchers to receive a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering from The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, targeted to innovative, early-career scientists and engineers. Stoddard studies the extraordinary diversity of signals and traits in nature. Her lab investigates the evolution of animal coloration and morphology, with a focus on birds — the most colorful terrestrial vertebrates, with tetrachromatic (four color-cone) vision and ultraviolet sensitivity. They apply an interdisciplinary approach, using optics, computer vision, field biology and bioengineering, to explore color, perception and eggshell structure in the avian world.
Oct. 16, 2018