Madeline Girard
Science/Art Intern

Madeline Girard is an artist who received her Ph.D at U.C. Berkeley, where she studied the behavior, ecology, and evolution of animals. Her dissertation research focused on understanding the role of sexual selection in evolution, and the maintenance of elaborate male courtship displays in Australian endemic peacock spiders of the Maratus genus (Family: Salticidae). As a field biologist, she’s interested in all things related to the complex and stochastic systems that sustain life, and her art is very much inspired by the natural world: examining emergent patterns on a variety of scales, from the organization of cells, to the structure of the cosmos at large.