Size and sensing in the ocean – new paper from the Centre from Ocean Life

Monday 21 Sep 15


Resulting from an interdisciplinary collaboration at the Centre for Ocean Life, “Size structures sensory hierarchy in ocean life” is now available online from Proceedings of the Royal Society B website.

Why don’t bacteria have eyes? Why do fish not echolocate? How far can they see? The answer to these questions is closely linked to an age old obsession of ours - size! Our analysis shows that size matters very much for how marine organisms sense their environment. We analyzed the underwater physics of various sensory systems - smelling, mechanosensing, vision, hearing, and echolocation - to find the size limits where these senses can and cannot function. Our theoretical predictions match well with observations of minimum and maximum size limits of these senses.

The paper can be found here

Martens E.A.Wadhwa N.Jacobsen N.S.Lindemann C.Andersen K.H., Visser A. (2015) Size structures sensory hierarchy in ocean life. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 282
DOI:  10.1098/rspb.2015.1346
21 FEBRUARY 2020