The focus for my PhD has been to investigate the effect that rapid illumination change has upon camouflage strategies. Dynamic illumination introduces a host of visual noise that, in a similar manner to physical visual noise, should influence aspects of behaviour and perception. Two forms of dynamic illumination have been of interest: dappled light (terrestrial) and water caustics (aquatic).
The University of Bristol has served as home for both my undergraduate and current postgraduate ventures. I graduated in the summer of 2015 with first-class honours in Zoology (BSc) and am now undertaking a PhD (CASE Studentship) under supervision from Dr. Nick Scott-Samuel and Prof. Innes Cuthill. The studentship is joint-funded by EPSRC and Qientiq.
Cuthill, I. C., Matchette, S. R. & Scott-Samuel, N. E. 2019. Camouflage in a dynamic world. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 30, 109-115.
Matchette, S. R., Cuthill, I. C. & Scott-Samuel, N. E. 2019. Dappled light disrupts prey detection by masking movement. Animal Behaviour, 155, 89-95.
Matchette, S. R., Cuthill, I. C. & Scott-Samuel, N. E. 2018. Concealment in a dynamic world: dappled light and caustics mask movement. Animal Behaviour, 143, 51-57.