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.
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
Eye evolution and its functional basis
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
Lind, Karlsson & Kelber 2013 Brightness Discrimination in Budgerigars (Melopsittacus undulatus).
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!
According to tradition, PhD-students and post-docs in the Vision Group dress up in lab coats and join in the Lucia choir. They bring light and songs of christmas to both students and staff. This year the honor of being Lucia was given to Atticus.
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.
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.
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