The University of Bristol Ecology of Vision Research Group
Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Animals
We are an internationally leading vision research group that focuses on visually guided behaviour. We research how animal vision functions in a wide range of species - including crustaceans, insects, fish and cephalopods. A particular strength of the group is discovering new optical principles behind the ways animals manipulate light and understanding how and why vision and animal optics have evolved.
Most recent: Feller, K.D., Jordan, T.M. Wilby, D. and Roberts, N.W. 2017 Selection of the intrinsic polarization properties of animal optical materials creates enhanced structural reflectivity and camouflage Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 372 20160336. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0336
Much of the research work we undertake is experimental field work. We use field sites in Spain, Panama and the coral reefs off Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The video above shows us heading out to Horseshoe Reef just off Lizard Island where we were setting up remote polarization cameras.