PhD Student 



Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to see and describe the world through animal eyes? Never before have we been in a better position to have solid estimates on how animal colour patterns could be perceived by other animals.

Cedric van den Berg is a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Simon Bloomberg, Prof John Endler, Prof Justin Marshall and Dr Karen Cheney. Following the successful completion of his master thesis under the supervision of Dr Karen Cheney and Prof Justin Marshall on the evolution of colour pattern complexity in nudibranch molluscs, he now continues his promising efforts to study colour pattern evolution in marine animals with particular focus on visual predator-prey interactions like aposematism and crypsis.


For his goal to develop comprehensive analytical frameworks for the analysis of animal colour patterns, he is combining and developing state-of-the-art knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative colour pattern analysis, scientific underwater photography and digital image analysis in order to investigate fundamental principles shaping the functionality and mechanisms of marine animal colouration, particularly in nudibranch molluscs. This involves collaborations with experts in the field on a local, national and international level. He furthermore studies the ability of fish to change their visual appearance according to their environment and he is keen to expand the methods he is developing to a wide range of other animals.


2013  BSc, The University of Basel, SWITZERLAND
2015, MSc, The University of the Algarve, PORTUGAL (joint)
2015, MSc, The University of Pierre et Marie Curie, FRANCE  (joint)
2015, MSc, The University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA (joint)