Did colour vision evolve in the dark? (2018–2022)

Abstract:
Because humans cannot see colours in the dark, this potential has been overlooked in other vertebrates. This project aims to investigate the ability of fishes to perceive colour in dim-light conditions by studying representatives from two delicate and endangered ecosystems, coral reefs (nocturnal fish) and the deep-sea. Through a multidisciplinary approach to understanding colour vision and animal behaviour, this study expects to fill a knowledge gap in visual neuroscience and ecology while adding to the understanding of how marine creatures see and interact. This should provide benefits in conservation and management strategies and may also inspire the development of new sensor technologies.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Researchers:
Funded by:
Australian Research Council