I am primarily interested in the physiological and anatomical organization underlying behavior and how ecology shapes nervous systems through adaptation. I investigate how animals sense, encode, and process information from their environment. I am currently studying sensorimotor integration and information processing systems in cephalopods. More specifically, I’m investigating spatial vision, transfer function, learning and neuromuscular control underlying the chromatophore startle response and jet-escape in cephalopods.
Previously, I have studied how the nervous systems in octopodes control and coordinate arms and sucker rings to sense and interact with their environment. I studied the biomechanics of the octopus arm that enable locomotion and how this hyper–redundant system allows for sophisticated object manipulation.
My side projects include: how differences in visual acuity and contrast sensitivity enhance visual pattern recognition