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Cronin Lab

We study the visual physiology of invertebrates, especially of marine and estuarine crustaceans. Most of my recent work has been with the mantis shrimps, or stomatopods, a unique group of tropical crustaceans that have extremely complicated behavior and perhaps the most unusual eyes ever evolved. I am working with their color vision systems (they have up to 11 color channels), their photic environments, their systems of color communication, the dynamics of their photoreceptor cells, and their ocular movements and control systems. I am also concerned with how animals have evolved visual systems specialized for their environmental and ecological requirements.  Our lab motto is “If it has eyes, we can study it!”  In the last 10 years, we have published papers on vision in squids, butterflies, fiddler crabs, cuttlefish, primates, dolphins, orioles, reef fishes, sponges, poison-dart frogs, fireflies, octopus, deep-sea crabs, whooping cranes, and (of course) mantis shrimp, and this list goes on . . .

Current Members

Michael BokMichael Bok
Graduate Student: PhD Biological Sciences

Brian DaltonBrian Dalton
Graduate Student: PhD Biological Sciences

Kathryn FellerKathyrn Feller
Graduate Student: PhD Biological Sciences

Alexandra KingstonAlexandra Kingston
Graduate Student: PhD Biological Sciences

Mary Willard
Graduate Student