The Team

Prof. Justin Marshall has now retired but is still involved in student supervision and continuing projects

A/Prof. Karen Cheney

Karen is a Research Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences. She is interested in fish vision, the evolution and function of colour patterns, and conducts behavioural experiments to examine visual perception.

Dr. Fabio Cortesi

Fabio is a fish fanatic. He is leading the charge into two areas; visual ecology and evolution of colour vision in reef fish. He uses cutting edge transcriptomics and …….hand-nets and buckets in his work.

Dr. Wen-Sung Chung

Wen-Sung is interested in cephalopod. His current research describes and explain the new retinal design elements, and undertakes behavioural observations on both shallow and deep-living species, large and small.

Dr. Samuel Powell

Samuel works on applying what we learn about marine vision to engineering applications. His interests lie in optical sensors, imaging, and their applications. 

PhD Students

Valerio Tettamanti

Valerio is developing new methodologies to investigate the visual system and the colouration of damselfish using genetic engineering techniques (CRISPR-Cas9).

Judy Wang

Ching-Wen is a PhD student under the supervision of Prof Justin Marshall and Wen-Sung Chung focussing on Stomatopod vision.

Abigail Shaughnessy

Abi is investigating the ability of coral reef fishes to plastically change their visual system to both long-term predictable and more stochastic changes in their light habitat.

Carl Santiago

Carl is looking at why anemonefishes – which are usually quite territorial – are occasionally observed to share their host anemones with other species (cohabitation), notably leading to hybridization.

Stephanie Heyworth

Seahorse vision

Jasper Stead

Fish vision – genetics –

Claire Moad

Claire’s PhD research is focused on investigating how marine animal colour patterns are perceived by reef fish.

Rowan Carew

Rowan is interested in tying biology, ecology and conservation into behaviour and visual capabilities of Syngnathids (seahorses, pipefish and seadragons).

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