Winding down after a hard day’s work on Lizard Island on the far northern Great Barrier Reef


Welcome to the Visual Ecology Laboratory at the Queensland Brain Institute and School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Our research group is interested in a variety of questions about how marine organisms perceive the world and how their colouration is used to communicate.


Our main research questions focus on:

  • Highly contrasting colour signals, including warning and disruptive colouration;
  • Visual systems in reef fish;
  • Colour change;
  • Evolution and maintenance of mimicry systems;
  • Chemical ecology in nudibranchs;
  • Cleaning mutualisms.

If you are interested in finding out more or joining the lab, contact us here!

We work in close collaboration with the Sensory Ecology Laboratory at the Queensland Brain Institute.