How do some fish see color in the black-and-white world of the ocean’s depths? In episode 55, Zuzana Musilová, an evolutionary biologist at Charles University in Prague, discusses her research into the unique way that some fish in the deep ocean’s darkness may be able to see in color. Her article “Vision using multiple distinct rod opsins in deep-sea fishes” that was published with multiple coauthors on May 10, 2019 in Science. An open-access preprint is available on bioRxiv.




Websites and other resources

    • Videos simulations of single rod photopigments in action

Zuzana describes the videos’ contents




Press and Media

New York Times | Popular Mechanics | Discover Magazine | CNET



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Hosts / Producers

Ryan Watkins & Doug Leigh

How to Cite

Watkins, R., Leigh, D., & Musilová, Z.. (2019, August 9). Parsing Science – Fishing for Color. figshare.


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