Michael Bok


Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Zoology


I am a researcher in the Lund Vision Group. I am interested in the unusual visual systems of a variety of marine invertebrates ranging from the rudimentary compound ocelli of fan worms to the spectacularly sophisticated eyes of mantis shrimp. I completed my PhD in 2013 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County under the supervision of Professor Thomas Cronin, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship with Professor Dan-Eric Nilsson at Lund University in Sweden, and a BBSRC independent fellowship at Bristol University, UK. My current work on fan worms aims to unravel the developmental, neurological and behavioral factors that drove the evolution of these simple eyes and perhaps also influenced the origins of nature’s very first visual systems.

You can learn more about my research and photography at my homepage.

Highlighted research outputs

Megan L Porter, Hiroko Awata, Michael J Bok & Thomas W Cronin, 2020 Apr 21, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 117, 16, p. 8948-8957

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Michael J Bok, Nicholas W Roberts & Thomas W Cronin, 2018 Aug 1, In: Proceedings. Biological sciences. 285, 1884, 7 p., 20181384.

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Michael J. Bok, Megan L. Porter & Dan Eric Nilsson, 2017 Jul 24, In: Current Biology. 27, 14, p. R698-R699

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Michael Bok, Megan L. Porter, Allen R. Place & Thomas W. Cronin, 2014, In: Current Biology. 24, 14, p. 1636-1642

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Megan L Porter, Joseph R Blasic, Michael J Bok, Evan G Cameron, Thomas Pringle, Thomas W Cronin & Phyllis R Robinson, 2012 Jan 7, In: Proceedings. Biological sciences. 279, 1726, p. 3-14

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