About

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I am a researcher interested in how animals use visual information, specifically to coordinate predictive movements and behavior. I primarily work with mantis shrimp, who are champions of both vision and super fast, predictive movements. This tractable and diverse system is excellent for probing how neural circuits change with the evolution of different sensory capacities.

 

This website showcases my research and CV information as well as my work in scientific illustration, photography and communication.  For more information regarding any of my work, scientific or otherwise, please email me at kate.feller@gmail.com.

 

Research

Neuroethology: the study of the neural basis of behavior

Stomatopod crustaceans, or mantis shrimp, are best know for two things: their elaborate and complex compound eyes and their ultra-fast, ballistic strike. For a fun explanation of these stomatopod features, check out my stand-up comedy set HERE. 

I study how these two systems are related. Specifically, which features of the visual system influence the decision to target and release the spring-loaded strike? And what are the neural controls of the strike?  I started this research as a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow at the University of Cambridge and am continuing to use the sophisticated techniques found in the Fly Systems Laboratory (led by Dr. Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido) in our new home at the University of Minnesota. 

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Outreach

Science Communication & Outreach

Are you a regular person who isn’t a scientist, but likes science, and you want to learn more about science? Then I want to talk to you!

I think science is awesome and I love talking about it, without the jargon, preferably with humor.

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