Sam Smithers

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

Research Projects

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.

Links

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Publications

Smithers, S.P., Wilson, A., Stevens, M. 2017 Rock pool gobies change their body pattern in response to background features. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. blw022. doi:10.1093/biolinnean/blw022