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Mathger, Lydia Assistant Research Scientist, Bell Center

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My research is in the area of animal sensory ecology. I’m particularly interested in the mechanisms and functions of camouflage and communication, as well as visual ecology, focusing on the relationship between structure and function of animal eyes. I have worked on a variety of animals, including cephalopods, fish, marine turtles and birds, and have published a considerable number of papers that quantify the optical, ultrastructural and physiological properties of pigments and structural reflectors in cephalopods and fish. This work is widely recognized for its role in elucidating the mechanisms of dynamic colour change in cephalopods. The interdisciplinary nature of my research has promoted considerable interest from researchers in a number of fields outside of biology, including materials science and optical engineering.

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