Welcome to the Sensory Ecology and Evolution group!

We study animal coloration and vision in a wide range of animals. Much of our current research focusses on marine biology, especially in intertidal species, but we also work with birds, reptiles, insects, primates, and even humans! We study core questions in biology, and increasingly investigate human impacts on the natural world, from noise pollution to climate change.

Much of our work focuses on protective coloration, such as camouflage, warning signals, and mimicry, but we also study other subjects, including several projects testing how an understanding of animal vision can be used to aid animal welfare, safety, and performance. Our work takes place in both the lab and field, in the UK and around the world.

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Ultimately, our key aims are to understand how vision guides behaviour, and how diversity in animal coloration results from key evolutionary processes and characteristics of the environment, and impacts of anthropogenic change (including climate change and pollution). We also increasingly study how differences in animal vision have an impact in human-contexts, such as animal sports and farming, and how human impacts on the environment are affecting animal coloration, behaviour, and vision.

We are based in Cornwall at the Penryn Campus of Exeter University, near Falmouth, and work with a range of collaborators worldwide. We are also passionate about public engagement, outreach, and science communication.