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ARC Laureate Fellow, The University of Queensland

Justin Marshall’s principal aim is to understand how other animals perceive their environment. Much of his work focuses on the marine environment, in particular reef systems and the deep-sea. As part of this effort he has become acutely aware of man’s influence on both these environments and now run two projects / organisations: The Deep Australia Project, bringing research submersibles and high-tech deep-sea capability to Australia for the first time and CoralWatch, the world’s largest citizen-science-based coral health assessment program (60 countries, 10 languages).

The six main research streams within the Marshall laboratory are:

Visual ecology and comparative visual systems in reef and rainforest
Vision in stomatopod (mantis shrimp) – the world’s most complex visual system
Reef fish vision – the evolution and diversity of colour vision
Cephalopod vision and behaviour - complex visual capability in invertebrates
The Deep Australia Project – unlocking the sensory systems of the abyss
Coral Watch – using colour to save the reef


  • –present
    ARC Laureate Fellow, The University of Queensland