Octopus envy: What under-the-sea creatures can teach us about camouflage

Posted 4 weeks ago @

At first glance, the thumbnail-size grids of 256 minuscule black squares seem to have nothing to do with the octopus, squid and cuttlefish that inspired them. But these high-tech microconstructions of polymers, semiconductors, light sensors and heating elements are what you get when scientists attempt to replicate the camouflaging ability of the animal world. One […]

Justine Allen Defends Ph.D. Thesis on Cephalopod Camouflage; Graduates from Brown-MBL Program

May 19th, 2014 @

Justine J. Allen, a Brown-MBL graduate student in the Department of Neuroscience at Brown University and the MBL Program in Sensory Physiology and Behavior, successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation on March 24, 2014 at Brown University. Dr. Allen is the first Brown/MBL graduate of the Sensory Physiology and Behavior Program. Her advisor, MBL Senior Scientist […]

Sensing Gravity with Acid: Scientists Discover a Role for Protons in Neurotransmission

April 24th, 2014 @

While probing how organisms sense gravity and acceleration, scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and the University of Utah uncovered evidence that acid (proton concentration) plays a key role in communication between neurons. The surprising discovery is reported this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The team, led by the late […]

“These Eyes Follow the Moon”

October 16th, 2013 @

“These Eyes Follow the Moon,” is not a typical documentary. It is nearly wordless and impressionistic. Yet it also captures an essential “feeling” about the MBL. Read more…

Vertical Visual Features Have a Strong Influence on Cuttlefish Camouflage

July 29th, 2013 @

Congratulations to Kimberly Ulmer, research assistant in the Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior and lead author of the recent paper “Vertical Visual Features Have a Strong Influence on Cuttlefish Camouflage” that was published in the MBL’s Biological Bulletin.  She, along with other members of the Hanlon lab, discovered that visual stimuli in the vertical […]

Retinal ganglion cells for “Subconscious” Vision

July 24th, 2013 @

The Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior invites you to a seminar: Tuesday, July 30th 3:00PM MRC-210 Retinal ganglion cells for “Subconscious” Vision Dr. Maureen Estevez Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Neuroscience, Brown University https://neuroscience.brown.edu/Berson/ Dr. Estevez presents her current research on the structure and function of retinal ganglion cells, and their involvement in movement […]

Ranching Fish Using Acoustic Conditioning: Can it Work?

July 24th, 2013 @

Please join us for a special seminar, hosted by the Program in Sensory Physiology & Behavior in conjunction with the Program in Scientific Aquaculture: Friday – July 26, 2013 Candle House 105 12:30pm RANCHING FISH USING ACOUSTIC CONDITIONING: CAN IT WORK? Boaz Zion, Ph.D. Institute of Agricultural Engineering Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), The Volcani Center, […]

New Insight on Cuttlefish Decision-Making During Adaptive Camouflage

June 3rd, 2013 @

Some people prefer strong vertical lines in their clothing over horizontal ones, as they can appear slimming. As for cuttlefish? According to a new MBL study, when these marine creatures adaptively change their skin patterns for camouflage purposes, they respond to vertical visual cues in their environment more strongly than to horizontal cues. A cuttlefish […]

Sensory Ecology Paper Seminar, May 21st

May 17th, 2013 @

These seminars are meant to be informal meetings where people from WHOI and MBL, along with other interested parties, can meet and greet new colleagues, increase their academic network, while at the same time discussing interesting papers on new, fascinating or controversial studies within sensory ecology. The topic of this paper seminar will be the […]

Study of Dragonfly Prey Detection Wins PNAS Cozzarelli Prize for Scientific Excellence and Originality

April 24th, 2013 @

Paloma T. Gonzalez-Bellido, who is now a postdoctoral scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), and colleagues from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Minnesota, and Union College have been awarded a 2012 Cozzarelli Prize by the editorial board of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Gonzalez-Bellido and colleagues were honored for the […]