Simon Potier

affiliated with the university

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Zoology


My main research focuses on the role different sensory systems play in the foraging ecology of vertebrates, concentrating on how animals (mainly birds) extract information from their environment. Especially, I am interested in birds' visual and olfactory abilities. My main species models are raptors (birds of prey), as they are believed to forage primarily using vision, with the sense of smell playing little or no role at all.

During my PhD in Behavioural Ecology group in the Center of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology (CEFE/CNRS - Montpellier - France), I investigated the visual acuity, the fovea and the visual field of raptors from different ecology. I was also interested in the olfactory capabilities of raptors to find food, as well as the olfactory signature of a gregarious species, the black kite Milvus migrans.

As a postdoc under supervision of Almut Kelber, I will continue to explore the visual abilities in two raptors species, the Harris's hawk Parabuteo unicinctus and the black kite. Especially, I will focus on contrast sensitivity, chromatic visual acuity, foveal shape and importance of binocularity in prey pursuit and capture.

Recent research outputs

Thomas J. Lisney, Simon Potier, Pierre François Isard, Marielle Mentek, Mindaugas Mitkus & Shaun P. Collin, 2020 Dec 1, In: Journal of Comparative Neurology. 528, 17, p. 2848-2863 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Simon Potier, 2020 Oct, In: Diversity. 12, 10, 14 p., 400.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Simon Potier, Mindaugas Mitkus & Almut Kelber, 2020 Oct, In: Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology. 106, p. 116-126 11 p.

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