Dr. Matteo Santon
Born in Italy, 20.02.1990
I am an enthusiastic person that loves to be at the sea!
After studying Marine Biology at the University of Padua (Italy), I moved to Tuebingen (Germany) to obtain a PhD in Marine Visual Ecology, investigating marine prey-predator visual interactions in fish. I am currently a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Bristol, and my research focus on the visual ecology of cuttlefish and mantis shrimp under the mentorship of Dr Martin How.
I am always excited to hear about new ideas! I would consider establish collaborative projects in in several areas of marine science, such as visual ecology, behaviour, or data analysis. Do not hesitate to contact me!
No-flash Underwater photography
Started as a way of documenting my research, quickly became a passion. My photography aims at showing to the public how underwater animals really appear in their environment, without changing their colouration with white flash. Although people believe that without the aid of a flash getting good images is not possible, I hope to be able to convince you that this is not the case.
Sometimes I feel I am more comfortable underwater than on land. I was lucky enough to combine my passion with my job, and I currently work as a marine scientist. I regularly conduct underwater behavioural experiments, and supervise student excursions to tropical reefs in Egypt and Indonesia. I did over 1000 dives, and I hope there are many more to come. It’s hard to keep me out from the water!
There is nothing that makes me feel more free than being in the middle of the sea, on a boat, with a bunch of good friends. I do own a boat license, and I am currently sailing in the mediterranean regularly to become an experienced sailor. I look forward to sailing in the Indo-Pacific in the future!
Recommended marine research stations
Coral eye marine outpost
Bangka island – North Sulawesi
STARESO research station
Calvi – Corsica