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Visual Ecology

Thomas W. Cronin, Sönke Johnsen, N. Justin Marshall, and Eric J. Warrant


Visual ecology is the study of how animals use visual systems to meet their ecological needs, how these systems have evolved, and how they are specialized for particular visual tasks. This book provides the first up-to-date synthesis of the field to appear in more than three decades. Featuring some 225 illustrations, including more than 140 in color, spread throughout the text, the book begins by discussing the basic properties of light and the optical environment. It then looks at how photoreceptors intercept light and convert it to usable biological signals, how the pigments and cells of vis ... More

Keywords: visual ecology, visual systems, photoreceptors, light sensitivity, vision, eyes, optical environment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691151847
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691151847.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas W. Cronin, author
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Sönke Johnsen, author
Duke University

N. Justin Marshall, author
University of Queensland