Biological Response to the Dynamic Spectral-Polarized Underwater Light Field
TEXAS UNIV AT AUSTIN
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Camouflage in marine environments requires matching all of the background optical properties spectral, intensity and polarization components- all of which can change dynamically in space and time. Our research investigates the biological challenge of camouflage in the near-shore littoral zone and near-surface marine environments in two distinct water types found in coastal environments around the globe oligotrophic and eutrophic. We aim to characterize the dynamic light field along with the behavioral and cellular response of camouflaging animals in these environments. Our longterm goal is to identify the biological pathways for concealment against the underwater spectral-polarized light field enabling us to identify design principles for future naval camouflage.
- Physical and Dynamic Oceanography