Colour. Pattern. Vision.
Our research laboratory at The University of Queensland investigates the evolution and function of colour vision and colour patterns in marine organisms.
Colour vision is used by many animals to escape predation, communicate with other individuals, find food and mates, and navigate through complex habitats. Our understanding of animal vision has contributed to the development of digital cameras, image sensors, optical devices such as telescopes and microscopes, and computer vision algorithms. Furthermore, understanding the visual performance of animals has widespread implications in neuroscience, ecology, conservation, evolution and animal welfare.
Visual systems in fish generally range from 2-5 cone spectral sensitivities – or more.
Behavioural experiments enable us to understand how animals perceive and recognise coloured objects in the environment.
We have developed new tools that improve upon our ability to analyse colour patterns, even against complex natural backgrounds