Having undertaken my first degree in Zoology at Bristol, I remained in the University to undertake Ph.D. research ("Microspectrophotometry of Vertebrate Photoreceptors") with the late Dr John Lythgoe. My association with John continued with my appointment as a Medical Research Council funded Research Assistant, followed by further MRC funding as a Research Associate. In 1990 I was awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, and in 1995 I received a proleptic lectureship from the University of Bristol. This appointment started in October 1998 and in 1999 I was promoted to Reader in Zoology, and in August 2008 to Professor of Zoology. I received the 'Discovery 2000' award from the Royal Geographical Society in 2000.
Since my postgraduate research, my career has centered on the study of animal vision, and particularly the Ecology of Vision. This theme is now embodied in the Ecology of Vision Research Laboratory at the University of Bristol. A full description of my research interests can be found by following the link to the documents describing of the research activities of the Ecology of Vision Research Lab and those given below. Briefly, my research tackles aspects of animal vision ranging from photoreceptor physiology (particularly measurement of visual pigment absorption spectra) to visual mediated behaviour. This work has been founded on aquatic, especially marine animals but has now diversified to include work on birds, amphibians and crustaceans. Specific research interests include: