2015: PhD researcher, Ecology of Vision Lab, University of Bristol
2014-2015: Masters by Research, Sensory Ecology and Evolution Research Group, University of Exeter (Penryn Campus).
2011-2014: BSc (Hons) Zoology, Aberystwyth University
My main area of interest relates to sensory and behavioural ecology, and evolution. I am fascinated by the diversity of sensory systems that have evolved to allow animals to perceive the world. For my PhD I am investigating how and why crustaceans use polarized light. The majority of my work will be focused on shore crabs, fiddler crabs, and stomatopods (mantis shrimp).
Prior to this I did a MSc by research within Dr Martin Stevens' Sensory Ecology and Evolution research group, where I investigated the colour changing and background matching ability of common rockpool fish, and how they appear to models of predator vision.
Smithers, S.P., Wilson, A., Stevens, M. 2017 Rock pool gobies change their body pattern in response to background features. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 121(1) 109-121. doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blw022
Smithers, S.P., Rooney, R., Wilson, A., Stevens, M. 2018 Rock pool fish use a combination of colour change and substrate choice to improve camouflage. Animal Behaviour 144 53-65doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2018.08.004