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Thomas Cronin


Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences Bldg, Room 472
Other, Yale University (1982)
Ph D, Duke University (1979)
MS, Duke University (1969)
BS, Dickinson College (1967)

Born in Maryland, educated at Dickinson, Duke, and Yale; study visual ecology of a diverse selection of animals.

Research Interests

Visual ecology: the evolution, adaptation, and specialization of visual systems of animals ranging from the simplest marine invertebrates to complex animals like mantis shrimps, cuttlefish, whooping cranes, and right whales

Teaching Interests

Physiology, vision science, marine science, neuroscience

Selected Classes
Fall 2014 BIOL 451 – Neurobiology
Spring 2014 BIOL 457 – Phys:Marine/Est Animals
BIOL 899 – Doctoral Dissertatn Rsch
Fall 2012 BIOL 700 – Intro To Grad Experience
Contracts, Fellowships, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Cronin, Thomas W. Re-engineering the stomatopod eye, nature's most compreh Grant (Funded) Sponsored by Air Force Office of Scientific Research (Jun 15, 2012 – Jun 14, 2016)

Cronin, Thomas W. Consortium for Nanomaterials for Aerospace Commerce and Grant (Funded) Sponsored by Rice University (Sep 1, 2010 – Aug 31, 2015)

Intellectual Contributions

Visual phototransduction components in cephalopod chromatophores suggest dermal photoreception vol. 218 1596-1602 Journal of Experimental Biology

Spectral filtering enables trichromatic vision in colorful jumping spiders 25 R1-R3 Current Biology

Seeing double: visual physiology of double-retina eye ontogeny in stomatopod crustaceans vol. 201 331-339 Journal of Comparative Physiology A

Diversity, ecology, and evolution of ultraviolet filters in stomatopod crustaceans. vol. 218 2055-2066 Journal of Experimental Biology

Colour vision in marine organisms vol. 34 86-94 Current Opinion in Neurobiology

Characterization of visual pigments, oil droplets, lens and cornea in the whooping crane Grus americana. Pt 21 vol. 217 3883-90 The Journal of experimental biology

Sensory ecology of vision in crustaceans Biology of Crustacea, Vol. 3 235-262 New York Academic Press

vol. 369 8 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B

Spectral tuning by opsin coexpression in retinal regions that view different parts of the visual field. vol. 281 20141980 Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Using phylogenetically-informed annotation (PIA) to search for light-interacting genes in transcriptomes from non-model organisms vol. 15 350 BMC Bioinformatics

Visual Ecology 458 Princeton, NJ Princeton University Press

vol. 369 2 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B

vol. 217 3425-3431 Journal of Experimental Biology

Biological sunscreens tune polychromatic ultraviolet vision in mantis shrimp. vol. 24 1636-1642 Current Biology

Bio-inspired polarization imaging sensors: from circuits and optics to signal processing algorithms and biomedical applications. vol. 102 1450-1469 Proceedings of IEEE

Hiding opaque eyes in transparent organisms. In situ spectral and image contrast analysis of eyeshine in stomatopod larvae. 3263-3273. vol. 217 3263-3273 Journal of Experimental Biology

vol. 369 8 Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B

The evolution of complexity in visual systems of stomatopods: insights from transcriptomics. vol. 53 39-49 Integrative and Comparative Biology

Subclass Hoplocarida Calman, 1904: Order Stomatopoda Latreille, 1817. Treatise on Zoology – Anatomy, Taxonomy, Biology. The Crustacea. Vol. 4, Part A. (J. C. von Vaupel Klein, M. Charmantier-Daures, and F. R. Schram. Eds.). Part A vol. 4 179-355 Leiden Brill Press

Visual optics: Accommodation in a splash vol. 22 R871-R873 Current Biology

A novel function for a carotenoid: astaxanthin used as a polarizer for visual signalling in a mantis shrimp vol. 215 584-589 Journal of Experimental Biology

The molecular genetics and evolution of colour and polarization vision in stomatopod crustaceans , Ophthal.Physiol.Opt vol. 30 460-469


(Author & Presenter) UMBC Friends of the Library Lecture Oral Presentation Visual Ecology UMBC Friends of the Library UMBC Library

(Author & Presenter) North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium Annual Meeting Oral Presentation Coping with copepods: do right whales forage visually in dark water? North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium New Bedford, Massachusetts