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The Lund Vision Group

is internationally recognised as one of the leading groups in comparative visual science in the world. With 30-35 academics our research stretches across the entire animal kingdom, from the tiny eyes of jellyfishes, via the compound eyes of insects and crustaceans, to the advanced camera eyes of squids and vertebrates. Our speciality is the design and evolution of eyes, and also how eyes are adapted to the lifestyles and habitats of animals. Our techniques range from optics, electrophysiology and theoretical modelling, to microscopy, molecular biology and visual behaviour.

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Recent Papers:

Mitkus, Lind, Kelber et al. (2014) Retinal ganglion cell topography and spatial resolution of two parrot species: budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) and Bourke’s parrot (Neopsephotus bourkii).

Telles, Lind, Henze, Goyret, Kelber et al. (2014) Out of the blue: the spectral sensitivity of hummingbird hawkmoths.

Lind, Kelber et al. (2014) The contribution of single and double cones to spectral sensitivity in budgerigars during changing light conditions.

el Jundi, Heinze et al. (2014) Integration of palarization and chromatic cues in the insect sky compass.

Dacke, el Jundi, Smolka, Byrne & Baird (2014) The role of the sun in the celestial compass of dung beetles

Dacke et al. (2014) Honeybee navigation: critically examining the role of the polarization compass

Nilsson, Warrant & Johnsen (2014) Computational visual ecology in the pelagic realm

Landgren & Warrant et al. (2014) The visual ecology of a deep-sea fish, the escolar Lepidocybium flavobrunneum (Smith, 1843)

Smolka et al. 2013
A new galloping gait in an insect.

Roth & Lind 2013                                                                   The impact of domestication on the chicken optical apparatus.

Scholtyssek et al 2013
Brightness discrimination in the South African fur seal (Arcocephalus pusillus)

Lind, Mitkus, Olsson & Kelber 2013
Ultraviolet sensitivity and colour vision in raptor foraging.

Scholtyssek, Kelber et al 2013
A harbor seal can transfer the same/different concept to new stimulus dimensions

Nilsson 2013
Eye evolution and its functional basis

Nilsson et al 2013
The W-shaped pupil in cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis): Functions for improving horizontal vision.

Petie, Garm, & Nilsson 2013
Velarium control and visual steering in box jellyfish

Dacke, Baird & Warrant et al 2013
Dung beetles use the Milky Way for orientation

Older publications

The schedule for the Sensory Ecology PhD course of 2014 is now available online.

Every second year the world's leading authorities in sensory ecology are invited to Lund to deliver an outstanding program of lectures covering all animal senses. Check it out!

Spider eyes

Visit from Rostock

On the 19th of October, 2013, the Lund Vision Group invited the research group "Sensory and cognitive ecology" from Rostock University, to a one-day symposium. The meeting was part of an ongoing collaboration generously supported by the Royal Physiographical Society in Lund. In 2011, members of the Lund Vision Group had visited the Marine Science Lab in Rostock, which has inspired new collaborative projects.

Rostock in Lund

Vision group scientists win the Ig Nobel prize for their stargazing dung beetles!

Marie Dacke, Eric Warrant, Emily Baird and their South African colleagues were awarded the Ig Nobel prize at Harward University. The Ig Nobel prize is organised by the humour magazine Annals of Improbable Research, and it celebrates achievements that first make people LAUGH and then make them THINK.

Ignobel winners

Emily, Eric and Marie took home the prize in Biology and Astronomy for discovering that when dung beetles get lost, they can navigate their way home by looking at the Milky Way.

You can watch the prize ceremony here (it gets extra interesting 52.30 mins into the clip.)

Dacke, Baird & Warrant et al 2013 Dung Beetles Use the Milky Way for Orientation

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