My current research focus is on characterizing the appearance and camouflage capabilities of marine animals, including cephalopods. The initial stage of the project (now completed) requires development of a portable, shipboard-capable, optical instrument for measuring the directional reflectance of organic 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 interpretation of the measured animal reflectances in an ecological context.
Working dissertation title: 'Optical instrument design and implementation for measuring bidirectional reflectance distribution functions (BRDFs) of marine animals'