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Our Research

Megan Porter's Vision Lab studies a little of everything - you guessed it - visual. Our primary focus is on the molecular evolution of crustacean visual systems and development. If it has unusual eyes though, we are very interested!

Find Us

Edmonson Building (401), Department of Biology

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, HI 96822

Current Events

New Year

New Lab

2019 kicks off the spring semester with new manuscript preparations, revised projects, and more data analysis.


Endemism in Caves

After battling an almost hurricane, Dr. Porter takes a trip to Big Island to film a documentary on Hawaiian cave species!


Jumping for Joy

New collaborators from the Maddison, Morehouse and Taylor labs throw jumping spider vision into the mix. How has their color vision developed among taxonomic groups?


The Birds and the Batflies

We happily welcome two new master's students: Melissa Atkins and Hannah Moon. Look for great new updates on the bizarre eyes of bat flies, and how night flying sea birds are impacted by city lights!

Recent Publications

October 05, 2017

The evolution and development of spider vision

The Porter Vision lab has a comprehensive review in press in The Biological Bulletin on spider eye evolution and development with co-authors Nate Morehouse, Elke Buschbeck, and Daniel Zurek from the University of Cincinnati

October 30, 2017

Serpulid Worm Eyes - a review

Ever wondered what kinds of eyes fan worms have?  Check out the in press review paper on serpulid worms the Porter Vision Lab helped write to find out more!

November 02, 2017

Copepod opsins

Our paper using transcriptomes to investigate the molecular side of vision in twelve different copepod species is in press in The Biological Bulletin!

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