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Dr. Cait Newport



Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow

Biography & Research Interests:

My research investigates how fish learn to recognize visual cues (e.g. landmarks, food, social signals), and how they can accurately identify these important cues even in low visibility conditions. Using several fish species including Archerfish, Picasso triggerfish, Blue devil damselfish, goldfish, and three-spined sticklebacks, I have explored the decision strategies of fish, their ability to recognize 3D objects, and most recently, how fish use vision to navigate in the wild. To answer these questions, I use a combination of laboratory behavioural experiments, field observations, and advanced computer vision techniques. After earning my PhD at the University of Queensland, Australia, I held a Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellowship, and am currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.




Selected publications:

  1. Sibeaux, A., Karlsson, C., Newport, C., and Burt de Perera, T. Distance estimation in the goldfish (Carassius auratus). Proc B. 2022. 289: 20221220.

  2. Newport, C., Padget, O., and Burt de Perera, T. High turbidity levels alter coral reef fish movement in a foraging task. Scientific Reports. 2021. 11: 5976.

  3. Newport, C., and Schuster, S. Archerfish vision: Visual challenges faced by a predator with a unique hunting technique. Sem Cell Devel Biol. 2020. 106: 53-60.

  4. Newport, C., Wallis, G., and Siebeck, U.E. Object recognition in fish: accurate discrimination across novel view of an unfamiliar object category (human faces). Anim Behav. 2018. 145: 39-49.

  5. Newport, C., Wallis, G., Reshitnyk, Y.P. and Siebeck, U.E. Discrimination of human faces by archerfish. Scientific Reports. 2016. 6:27523.

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