`Super-human' colour vision: how does it improve animal visual performance? (2019–2023)

Colour vision enables animals to find food, attract mates and avoid predators. Many animals, including fish, birds and insects, have 'super-human' colour vision systems and process colour using 4 or 5 spectral channels, instead of our 3. Yet we do not know how information is combined across these different channels to achieve colour vision. This project will develop new technology to measure UV vision in a range of animal taxa, and show how animals with 4 or 5 spectral channels integrate or partition visual information to perceive colour. The Fellowship will provide new biological models for the development of next-generation multispectral cameras used in medical, military, security and remote sensing applications.
Grant type:
ARC Future Fellowships
Funded by:
Australian Research Council