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Almut Kelber


I was born in the beautiful city of Freiburg, in southern Germany. After school, I first spent a year in Norway,  and then studied biology at the Universities of Mainz, Sussex and finally Tübingen, where I also got my Diploma (1989) and my PhD (1993) i Biology. For my PhD thesis, I studied flight control and visual orientation in a stingless bee, in Porto Alegre in southern Brazil.

After the birth of Sebastian (1993) and Helena (1994) I started a new project on hawkmoth colour vision. The family moved to Canberra, the capital of Australia, in 1997, and to Lund, in autumn 1998. Here I joined the Vision Group where I now work as a Professor of Sensory Biology.

I am interested in general principles and evolution of colour vision, and in the trade-offs that animals make between colour vision, spatial and temporal resolution, and sensitivity. Over the years, I have been working on many different animals including horses, seals, geckos, birds, frogs, butterflies, moths, bees, damselflies and velvet worms: for each biological research question, there is an ideal study organism.

Besides research, I like teaching a lot, and strongly believe in research-based teaching. For me, one of the greatest joys as a scientist is the supervision and coaching of students who start developing their own research interests.

Since my children have grown up now, I have more time again for reading, listening to Baroque music, hiking and taking care of my garden.


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database



Retrieved from Lund University's publications database


Retrieved from Lund University's publications database

Page Manager:
Almut Kelber
E-mail: almut [dot] kelber [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se


Functional zoology

+46 46 222 34 54



Research group

Lund Vision Group


Doctoral students and postdocs

PhD Students, main supervisor

Sandra Chaib

PhD Students, assistant supervisor