Amanda Franklin

Australia | Fulbright S&T awardee 2012 | Tufts University | Animal Behaviour and Evolution


Amanda is a marine biologist who is fascinated by animal behaviour. This passion has led her to study reproductive behaviour in squid, and, more recently, communication in stomatopods (mantis shrimp). Throughout her PhD she has become particularly interested in the function of colour in the animal kingdom. Specifically, she is interested in the role colour plays in animal communication. Currently, she is investigating how stomatopods use colour to communicate in contests. Stomatopods have the most complex visual system known, yet we know little about the role of colour in communication. Using techniques from a variety of fields (e.g. biomechanics, biophysics, mathematical modelling), Amanda will address colour signal generation, transmission and reception in stomatopods.


Current affiliation

PhD Candidate (August 2012 – June 2017)
Department of Biology
Tufts University



PhD (current, Animal Behaviour and Evolution) Tufts University, USA
MS (2011, Zoology/Marine Biology) The University of Melbourne, Australia
BS (2008, Zoology/Marine Biology) The University of Melbourne, Australia


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