I am involved in an ongoing
field research project on Octopus
tetricus, based in Australia.
Our discovery of social behaviour in
this species has inspired various
exaggerated media reports, including
claims that octopuses "engineer
cities." Although these
animals are extremely interesting and
probably fairly intelligent, most
reports are grossly exaggerated.
Scheel, D. Godfrey-Smith, P.
Linquist, S. Chancellor, S. Hing, M.
Lawrence, M. (2017), "Octopus
engineering, intentional and
Communicative and Integrative Biology,
Chancellor, S. Hing, M.Lawrence, M.
Linquist, S. Godfrey-Smith, P. (2017)
second site occupied by Octopus
tetricus at high densities, with
notes on their ecology and behavior."
Marine and Freshwater Behavior and
Me and Peter Godfrey-Smith on
Discovery Channel talking about octopus
With the help of several
undergrad assistants, I am currently
coding and analyzing octopus video from
the past several visits to Octopolis.
With the assistance of Stefan
Schneider, one of my current PhD
students, we are developing a deep
learning algorithm that can re-identify
individual octopuses in our video.