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Dr Martin Stevens
Associate Professor in Sensory and Evolutionary Ecology / Director of Impact Biosciences (Penryn)


I have a new book out in Febraury 2016, all about deception in nature: Cheats and Deceits (OUP).

My work covers sensory ecology and evolution, especially vision and adaptive coloration. Please visit my lab page for more up to date information.

The research conducted in my group and with our collaborators covers a broad range of areas, including animal (especially bird) vision, anti-predator coloration (camouflage, warning signals, and eyespots), brood parasitism, and signalling, communication, and animal coloration in general. A major current area of research is camouflage in marine species and the mechanisms and function of colour change.

I work on a wide range of taxonomic groups, including birds, reptiles, crabs, insects, primates, and even humans. My work combines empirical and theoretical work in the lab and field, both in the UK and abroad (Africa, mainland Europe, SE Asia). It is highly interdisciplinary, incorporating theories and methods from several areas of biology, experimental psychology, and computer science. Please get in touch if you are interested in joining us.

My research group website can be found at

I am also a member of the Behaviour research group.


2006 PhD, Bristol
2003 BSc, Bristol (Zoology)


2015 - Associate Professor of Sensory and Evolutionary Ecology

2012-2014 BBSRC David Philips Senior Research Fellow, Exeter

2009-2012 Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge

2009-2012 BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow, Cambridge

2006-2009 Research Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge

2006 PhD Bristol


Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1326 259358
AddressScience and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF):
University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
TR10 9FE

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