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. The 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, this comprehensive and accessible book begins by discussing the basic properties of light and the optical environment. It then examines how photoreceptors intercept light and convert it to usable biological signals, how the pigments and cells of vision vary among animals, and how the properties of these components affect a given receptor’s sensitivity to light.

Duke biology professor Johnsen and his co-authors receive a PROSE Award by the Association of American Publishers for the Best Biological & Life Sciences Text of 2014.