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