Dr. Sarah Zylinski
Lecturer in Animal Biology
School of Biology
University of Leeds
+44(0) 113 34 35598
of Sussex: PhD in Neuroscience (2009)
Natural History Museum, London: MSc Advanced Methods in
Taxonomy and Biodiversity (2005)
University of Wales, Aberystwyth:
BSc (Hons) Marine and Freshwater Biology (2003)
My primary interest is what the camouflage patterns
of animals can tell us about non-human visual perception.
Cephalopods offer a unique insight into this, because in very
simple terms they tell us what they perceive in their visual
environment by the body patterns they produce for camouflage.
More generally, I'm excited about vision, communication (signalling)
and camouflage (non-signalling), particularly in the marine
environment. I'm fascinated by vision in the deep-sea, and
take part in regular research cruises. My research integrates
the fields of psychology, animal behaviour and visual ecology.
Zylinski, S., Darmaillacq, A-S & Shashar,
N. (2012). Visual interpolation for contour completion by
the European cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) and its
use in dynamic camouflage. Proc. Roc. Soc. B. (Published
online before print)
Zylinski, S. & Johnsen, S. (2011). Mesopelagic
cephalopods switch rapidly between transparency and pigmentation
to optimise camouflage in the deep, Current Biology 21:
Zylinski, S. & Osorio, D. (2011). What can camouflage
tell us about non-human visual perception? A case study of
multiple cue use in the cuttlefish. In: Animal Camouflage:
Mechanisms and Function, Eds. Stevens & Merilaita.
Cambridge University Press.
Zylinski, S. How, Osorio, Hanlon, R. T., & Marshall,
N. J. (2011). To Be Seen or to Hide: Visual Characteristics
of Body Patterns for Camouflage and Communication in the Australian
Giant Cuttlefish Sepia apama. The American Naturalist;
Zylinski, S., Osorio, D., & Shohet (2009). Feature and
texture perception in the cuttlefish Sepia officinalis. Journal
of Vision; 9(13): 1-10.
Zylinski, S., Osorio, D. & Shohet (2009). Cuttlefish
Camouflage: context-dependent body pattern use during motion.
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 276
Zylinski, S., Osorio, D., & Shohet (2009). Perception
of edges and visual texture in the camouflage of the common
cuttlefish, Sepia officinalis. Philosophical
Transactions of the Royal Society B 364 (1516): 439-448.
Jaffe, J., Simonet, Laxton, B., Roberts, Zylinski, S., Johnsen,
S., & Sweeney, A. M. (In review, Marine Technology
Society Journal). Omni-Cam and the Sub Sea Holodeck:
Systems for recording in-situ radiance and simulating
underwater optical environments in the lab.