The Amazing Mantis Shrimp

with Professor Kate Feller

Presented by the Kelly Adirondack Center and Ozone Haus

(recording available below)

photograph of the mantis shrimp

April 11, 2024

5:30 p.m.

refreshments from 5:00

Karp Hall room 105

In this talk, Professor Feller will introduce participants to mantis shrimp crustaceans and the scientific discoveries made from studying odd ocean creatures.

Photograph of Prof. Kate Feller
Prof. Kate Feller
Areas of expertise

Neuroscience, invertebrate vision, visual ecology, neuroethology, neuromechanics

Research interests

My research focuses on how vision informs and influences animal behavior, physiology and evolution. I primarily work with mantis shrimp, a group of animals that boast some of the most complex eyes as well as one of the fastest animal movements. I use an integrative, comparative approach to tackle different levels of organization to understand the link(s) between vision and visually mediated behaviors in mantis shrimp and other predatory invertebrates.

Teaching interests

Courses: Heredity, Evolution, and Ecology (BIO 103), Neurobiology (BIO 242), Experimental Neurobiology (BIO 262)


McDonald, M.S., Feller, KD, Porter, ML (in press). Investigation of the ultrastructures and retinal arrangements of larval stomatopod eyes. Arthropod Structure and Development. doi10.1016/j.asd.2023.101251

Feller, K., & Porter, M. (2023). Photonic tinkering in the open ocean. Science379(6633), 643-644.

Smedley, G. D., McElroy, K. E., Feller, K. D., & Serb, J. M. (2022). Additive and epistatic effects influence spectral tuning in molluscan retinochrome opsin. Journal of Experimental Biology225(10), jeb242929.

West, S. L., Aronson, J. D., Popa, L. S., Feller, K. D., Carter, R. E., Chiesl, W. M., … & Ebner, T. J. (2022). Wide-field calcium imaging of dynamic cortical networks during locomotion. Cerebral Cortex32(12), 2668-2687.