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Prof Michael Land

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Post:Emeritus Professor
Other posts:Associate Tutor (Biology and Environment)
Location:Jms Building 3d4
Telephone numbers
UK:(01273) 678505
International:+44 1273 678505


Education: 1950-1960 Birkenhead School Cheshire. 1960-1963 Cambridge University (Natural Sciences - Zoology). 1963-1968 University College London (PhD in Zoology - Neurophysiology).

Academic Career 1966-1967 Assistant Lecturer in Physiology, University College London. 1967-1969 Miller Fellow, University of California, Berkeley. 1969-1971 Asst. Professor of Physiology, UC Berkeley 1971-1977 Lecturer in Neuroniology, University of Sussex. 1977 Appointed Reader, University of Sussex. 1982-1984 Senior Visiting Fellow, Australian National University, Canberra. 1984-2005 Professor of Neurobiology University of Sussex . 2005 - present Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology University of Sussex

Awards 1982 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of London. 1994 Frink Medal of the Zoological Society of London. 1996 ALCON Prize for vision research. 1998 Rank Prize Funds award for vision research

Degrees MA (Cambridge) PhD (London)


Studies of human eye movements during 'real-life' activities; studies of arthropod optics, physiology and visual behaviour.

For more information, see the Sussex Vision Laboratory.


Techniques in Neuroscience


Land MF, Horwood J, Lim MLM, Li D (2007). Optics of the ultraviolet reflecting scales of a jumping spider. Proc R Soc B (in press)

Land MF (2007). Fixation strategies during active behaviour. A brief history. In: Eye movements: a window on mind and brain (eds. RPG van Gompel, MH Fischer, WS Murray, RL Hill) Chapter 4. Oxford: Elsevier.

Lim MLM, Land MF, Li D (2007). Sex-specific UV and fluorescence signals in jumping spiders. Science 315: 481

Kuhn G, Land MF (2006). There's more to magic than meets the eye! Current Biology 16: R950-R951

Land MF, Nilsson D-E (2006). General purpose and special purpose visual systems. In: Invertebrate vision (eds. D-E Nilsson, EJ Warrant) pp 167-210. Cambridge University Press.

Land MF (2006). Eye movements and the control of actions in everyday life. Progress in Retinal and Eye Research 25: 296-324

Land MF (2006). Visual optics: the shapes of pupils. Current Biology 16: R167-168

Land MF (2005). Eye-hand coordination: learning a new trick. Current Biology 16: R995-956

Land MF (2005). Q & A. Current Biology 15: R280-R281.

Land MF (2005). The optical structures of animal eyes. Current Biology 15: R319-R323.

Land MF, Horwood J (2005). Different retina-lamina projections in mosquitoes with fused and open rhabdoms. J Comp Physiol A (on line 04.05).

Tatler BW, Gilchrist ID, Land MF (2005). Visual memory for objects in natural scenes: From fixations to object files. Quart J Exp Psych 58A (on line 10/04))

Land MF (2004). Eyes and vision: in: The Crustacea. vol 1. (eds. Forest J, Vaupel Klein JC von). pp 257-299. Leiden: Brill.

Land MF (2004). Nocturnal vision: bees in the dark. Current Biology 14: R615-616.

Land MF (2004). The coordination of rotations of the eyes, head and trunk in saddadic turns made in natural situations. Experimental Brain Research, 159: 151-160.

Mathger LM, Land MF, Siebeck UE, Marshall NJ (2003). Rapid colour change in multilayer reflecting stripes in the paradise whiptail, Pentapodus paradiseus. J Exp Biol 206: 3607-3613

Land MF (2003). Eye movements in daily life. In: The Visual Neurosciences (eds LM Chalupa, JS Werner) chapter 91. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Kleinlogel S, Marshall NJ, Horwood JM, Land MF (2003) Neuroarchitecture of the color and polarization vision system of the stomatopod Haptosquilla. J Comp Neurol 467: 326-342

Land MF (2003) The spatial resolution of the pinhole eyes of giant clams (Tridacna maxima). Proc R Soc B 270: 185-188

Land MF and Nilsson D-E (2002) . Animal Eyes. Oxford University Press.

Land, MF, Tatler BW (2001) Steering with the head; the visual strategy of a racing driver. Current Biology 11. 1215-1220

Land M.F. and McLeod P. (2000) From eye movements to actions: how batsmen hit the ball. Nature Neuroscience 3: 1340-1345.

Land M.F. (1999) Motion and vision: why animals move their eyes. J. Comp Physiol 185: 341 - 352.

Land M.F., Mennie N., Rusted J. (1999). The roles of vision and eye movements in the control of activities of daily living. Perception 28: 1311 - 1328.

Land M.F., Gibson, G., Horwood, J. and Zeil, J. (1999)
Fundamental differences in the optical structure of the eyes of nocturnal and diurnal mosquitoes. J. Comp Physiol 185: 91-103.

Dacke M., Nilsson D-E, Warrant E.J., Blest A.D., Land M.F., O'Carroll D.C. (1999)
Built-in polarizers form part of a compass organ in spiders. Nature 401: 470-473.

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