Effect of Contrasting Coral Reef Coloration on the Camouflage Patterning of Sepia bandensis

Name of Award

3M Small Scale Grant

Date Awarded




Project Description

Jill Welter, Associate Professor of Biology, and Emily Cardinal, student researcher, received a $2,150 award from the 3M Small Scale Grant program to study how cuttlefish sense their environment and how color influences their camouflage behavior. They hope to determine if naturally occurring contrasting colors cause dwarf cuttlefish (Sepia bandensis) to elicit camouflage patterning that differs from grayscale contrast patterns alone, and if so, to what natural, contrasting colors can cuttlefish camouflage.

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