Welcome to our sensory ecology and evolution group!
We study several areas in sensory and evolutionary ecology, including animal (particularly bird) vision, anti-predator coloration (especially camouflage, warning signals, and eyespots), brood parasitism, and communication. We study animals from many taxonomic groups, including birds, reptiles, crabs, insects, primates, and even humans, with lab and fieldwork both in the UK and abroad. If you are interested in joining or working with us, please get in touch!
We are based in Cornwall at the Penryn Campus of Exeter University, near Falmouth.
October 22: Announcing the anti-predator Symposium! On 4 & 5 August, following ISBE 2016, we will host a symposium on anti-predator coloration. Find out more and register here.
October 21: New paper out by Sarah Paul: Paul, S.C., Pell, J.K., and Blount, J.D. - Reproduction in Risky Environments: The Role of Invasive Egg Predators in Ladybird Laying Strategies. PloS one 10.10 (2015): e0139404. here.
October 8: We have a new paper in Ecology and Evolution! Find out how body size influences predation risk in poison frogs. Take a look at the findings here.
September 30: We have a new paper showing that lizard coloration is tuned to provide camouflage in local environments. Take a look at the findings in PLoS ONE.
September 25: We have a new addition to the sensory ecology team! Natasha Price will be investigating shore crab pattern and camouflage in her masters by research over the coming year.
July 6: Four visitors have joined us for the summer: Jesús Gómez Esteban (colouration and camouflage in shorebird eggs), Ian Chan (morphological patterns in animals), Rafael Duarte ( colour polymorphism and camouflage in shrimp) and Luis Robledo-Ospina (spider coloration and microhabitat)!
July 4: Sam, Sara and Emmanuelle ran two camouflage workshops for Year 9 students this afternoon. With the aid of stick insects, shore crabs and burnet moths, the students left with a wealth of coloration knowledge!
July 3: Jolyon has been out to Mullion School to show their EcoSoc students what it’s like to see through the eyes of other animals and how we model their vision here in Penryn.