Sensory Basis of Dynamic Color Change
Visual Ecology of
Forces that Shape Sensory Diversification
For many animals, color change appears linked to light detection by the skin or ‘skin vision,’ and our lab is interested in uncovering the physiology of ‘skin vision’ and determining its role in color change along with visual input from the eye.
Differences in the underwater light field have driven unparalleled diversity in visual ability, prompting our lab to ask – how has the underwater environment shaped marine animal vision and how resilient is marine vision to anthropogenic change?
Another focus of the lab is to study patterns and predictors of sensory ability on a macroscale, asking what are the evolutionary, ecological, and neurophysiological factors that drive sensory variation among marine organisms.