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James Foster

Post-doctoral Position | PhD

Following a BSc in Zoology at the University of Bristol, I stayed on to complete a Masters of Research in Vision Science. In April 2010 I was awarded a University of Bristol Postgraduate Research Scholarship to study polarization sensitivity in damselfishes, to begin in October 2010. In the time between April and October 2010 I worked as a Research Associate investigating the use of polarisation sensitivity for foraging in bumblebee Bombus terrestris In August 2014 I completed a PhD thesis focussed on the functional range of polarisation sensitivity in the interactions of animals with their environment, including behavioural work on bumblebees and damselfishes. In September of 2014 I began a post-doctoral position with Dr Marie Dacke in Lund, investigating the use of polarised skylight for navigation by dung beetle Scarabaeus, with particular reference to how the quality of polarised skylight affects navigation.

My area of interest is the use of polarised light by animals to obtain information about their environment. In order to investigate the range of functions for which this information is used, I employ behavioural techniques as a measure of the different aspects of sensitivity. This has lead to the development of techniques for video tracking of animal movement, and polarisation imaging— which allows us a glimpse of how polarisation sensitive animals might see their world.

Polarization angle, experimental set-up
Polarization angle, experimental set-up

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E-mail: james [dot] foster [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se

Postdoctoral fellow

Functional zoology

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