My current research focus is on the design and implementation of optical systems for characterizing the interactions of mirrored deep sea marine animals and the ambient light environment. The initial stage of the project (now completed) required development of a portable, shipboard-capable, optical instrument for measuring the distribution of light scatter from marine animal skin surfaces. Optical scattering models will then be devised to explain the physical mechanisms that the animals use to produce the observed displays. The final phase will involve the measurement of deep sea ambient light. The overall goal is to synthesize both the animal light scatter and light field measurement sets to obtain an improved understanding of the camouflage strategies of the organisms.
Dissertation title: 'Optical instrument design and implementation to characterize the light interactions between deep sea animals and the environment'