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Wen-Sung Chung

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PhD Candidate (Deep Ocean Australia)

Current research
Comparisons of visual capabilities in modern cephalopods from shallow water to deep sea

Supervisors: Prof. Justin Marshall (QBI, UQ) & Dr. Kerstin Fritsches (SBMS, UQ)

Purpose of Research: Given the optical properties of water, the intensity and spectra of light is eliminated with increasing depth, resulting in dimmer and bluish monochromatic light. Little research has been undertaken in cephalopod visual capabilities. In order to understand how these creatures adapted in diversified habitats, I apply modern techniques such as MRI, ultrasound imaging, microspectrophotometry (MSP), and new deep sea camera systems to compare eyes, optical properties, behaviours amongst diverse species and environments. I am also interested in how neritic squid develop depth perception adaptation by using binocular and monocular visual cues. These comparative studies performed here are uncovering secretes of this complex invertebrate vision system.



Sensory Neurobiology Group (formally Vision Touch and Hearing Research Centre)
Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland
Brisbane Queensland 4072


Master of Science, Institute of Marine Biology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan

Bachelor of Science, Department of Zoology, National Chung Hsin University, Taiwan



Chung WS, Keller M, Fritsches K, Marshall J. 2011. Unusual squid eyes serve good visual capabilities. Journal of Shellfish Research 30: 999-999.

Hu MY, Chung WS, Yan HY. 2011. A comparative study on the hearing endograns and auditory physiology of squid and an octopus. Journal of Shellfish Research 30: 1008-1008.

Hu MY, Yan HY, Chung W-S, Shiao J-C, Hwang P-P. 2009. Acoustically evoked potentials in two cephalopods inferred using the auditory brainstem response (ABR) approach. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology a-Molecular & Integrative Physiology 153: 278-283.

Wang FT, Chung WS, Yan HY, Tzeng, CS. 2008. Adaptive evolution of cone opsin genes in two colorful minnows, Opsariichthys pachycephalus and Candidia barbatus. Vision Research 48 (16): 1695-1704.

Chung, WS and Lu CC. 2005. The influence of temperature and salinity of the statolith of the oval squid Sepioteuthis lessoniana (Lesson, 1830) during early developmental stages. Phuket Marine Biological Center Research Bulletin 66: 175-185.


Awards and Fellowships

Taiwanese Government Scholarship

University of Queensland Research Scholarship

University of Queensland international Research Tuition Award

Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) Topup Scholarship



Last updated: March 2012 by Eva McClure

Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland
Brisbane Queensland 4072 Australia