Three eyes and text
Unravelling the function and evolution of many-eyed visual systems

Our team

Tropical reef rubble with a yellow brittle star

Lauren Sumner-Rooney

Group Leader

Scanner of eyes, lover of museums, gradual learner of German.

Interested in weird and wonderful visual systems, what they do and how they evolve. Favoured tools include comparative morphology, behavioural experiments, and phylogenetic methods.

Sam England

Postdoctoral researcher

Sensory ecologist, photographer, insect electrician.

Starting 2023.

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Atal Pande

Doctoral researcher

Evolutionary morphologist, fossil fan, friend of earwigs.

Exploring the evolution and adaptation of spider visual systems.

Kaylin Chong

Undergraduate researcher

Eye measurer, slope-fitter, PhD-in-waiting.

Exploring eye growth and allometry in spiders with different visual ecologies. Fan of natural history collections and microscopes.

Lucille Rose

Research assistant

Segmentation expert, Masters student, palaeontologist.

Reconstructing the retinal mosaic in visual hunting spiders.

Angi Grahn

Undergraduate researcher

Chief spider wrangler and salticid expert

Investigating the occurrence and effects of eye malformation in spiders.

Affiliated PhD students

Amber Harper – Oxford Brookes University
Primary Supervisor: Prof. Alistair McGregor

Grace Blakeley – Oxford Brookes University
Primary Supervisor: Prof. Alistair McGregor

Lab alumni

Dr Luis Baudouin Gonzalez, postdoctoral researcher
(now senior scientist, Enara Bio)

Dr Rochelle Meah, affiliated PhD student
with Prof. Nick Roberts at University of Bristol
(now post doc at University of Bristol)

Kaylin Chong, undergraduate researcher
(now PhD student at Harvard)

Drew Farr, undergraduate researcher
(now PhD student at UCL)

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