Research Overview - Jim Galloway
Donaldson Smith's sparrow weaver, Plocepasser donaldsoni

Since the first year of my undergraduate degree, I've known I have wanted to work in an academic environment. Personal interest, and my experiences in Madagascar, as well as my current studies have lead me to  Sensory Ecology, and specifically how animals use colouration and behaviour to avoid predation.

I have just finished a Masters of Science (MSc)  in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology at the University of Exeter in Penryn. My final research project involved working with the Sensory Ecology Group to examine the benefit camouflage provides a species of marine crustacean being predated upon by rockpool fish.

I am now starting PhD  as part of the BBSRC SWBio DTP; a doctoral training program run in the south west of the UK. This funded PhD involves me examining the role vision (both of predator and prey) and colour change in camouflage. I will continue to work in Penryn, but will also have the opportunity to work with the Ecology of Vision lab in Bristol.

The work follows on from my previous research, and expands on it by identifying how animals see, how this relates to colour change ability, past selection pressures,  the effect of the light environment (light diffusion, dappling, intensity etc.) as well as exploring further the role and benefits of colour change for camouflage.

You can check out the department here for more information.

Sample collection in Falmouth

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