Our research group at The University of Queensland investigates the evolution and function of colour vision and colour patterns in marine organisms.

As a group, led by A/Prof. Karen Cheney and Dr. Fabio Cortesi, we are interested in addressing fundamental questions about how animals perceive, communicate and interact with themselves, other animals and their environment. What can they see that we miss? How is information from the environment decoded? How do the physical constraints of the environment shape visual systems?

To tackle these questions we use an integrated approach based on visual system anatomy, physiology, ecology, behavior and neural integration with a focus on marine organisms. We also spill into technological development of underwater and laboratory-based tools, bio-inspired engineering and other sensory systems such as the vibration sensitive lateral line.

At heart we are visual ecologists interested in animals because we love them!