Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

"Terry's Place"

31 North Pauahi St, HI 96817

Social/dinner hour from 6 pm: talk starts 7 pm

Everybody welcome: no admission charge

Cheap and easy (cash only) parking at the underground municipal garage at 35 N. Beretania

Exit ramp is directly opposite Terry's Place


Professor Megan Porter

School of Life Sciences, UH Manoa

Light, Vision and Perception: How Animals See the World

In this talk Dr. Porter will describe the importance of light as a ‘driver’ of life. In particular, she will highlight her research studying the evolution of a diversity of different animal eyes, and how understanding the way other animals see the world helps us understand our own world better.


Dr. Megan Porter is a Professor in the School of Life Sciences. After completing an M.S. degree at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, a Ph.D. at Brigham Young University in Utah, a postdoc at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and several years as an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota, she joined the faculty at the University of Hawai’i in 2015. She is a visual ecologist and evolutionary biologist who studies the way animals see the world. Her research is focused on the molecular aspects of vision in a range of animals including flies, worms, shrimp, and birds. As a researcher of animal vision, Dr. Porter is especially interested in the intersection between science and art, and how under-standing the visual systems of other animals alters our own perception of the world.