Yuri Ogawa


I have been interested in understanding how animal’s sensory systems detect and process the crucial information to perform the adaptive behaviour. I have focused on the physiological basis of invertebrates’ visual systems to understand the spectral, temporal and polarization properties by electrophysiological and histological investigations. Comparative research allows me also to understand the evolutional aspects on the sensory systems.

My current project aims to understand how ants process different sources of navigational information and integrate them to a behavioural output.

Scientific Career

  • 2016- present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Macquarie University, Department of Biological Science. Project title: Navigating brains: the neurobiology of spatial cognition
  • 2014- 2016: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, Visiting Researcher, The University of Western Australia, School of Animal Biology and The UWA Oceans Institute. Project title: The neural processing underlying predator avoidance in fiddler crab
  • 2013- 2014: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Animal Biology and The UWA Oceans Institute, The University of Western Australia. Project title: The physiological basis for colour vision in Australian bull ants


  • 2009-2013: PhD. Department of Evolutionary Studies of Biosystems, The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (Sokendai), Japan. Supervisor: Prof. Kentaro Arikawa 
  • 2009-2013: MSc Biology. Department of Bioscience, Okayama University, Japan. Supervisor: Prof. Masaki Sakai


  1. Ogawa Y, Falkowski M, Narendra A, Zeil J & Hemmi JM (2015). Three spectrally distinct photoreceptors in diurnal and nocturnal Australian ants. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282 20150673; DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0673
  2. Ogawa Y, Kinoshita M, Stavenga DG & Arikawa K (2013). Sex-specific retinal pigmentation results in sexually dimorphic long-wavelength-sensitive photoreceptors in the Eastern Pale Clouded Yellow butterfly, Colias erate. The Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 1916-1923
  3. Ogawa Y, Awata H, Wakakuwa M, Kinoshita M, Stavenga DG & Arikawa K (2012). Coexpression of three middle wavelength-absorbing visual pigments in sexually dimorphic photoreceptors of the butterfly Colias erate. Journal of Comparative Physiology A 198 (12): 857-867
  4. Ogawa Y & Sakai M (2009). Calling and Courtship Behaviors Initiated by Male-Male Contact Via Agonistic Encounters in the Cricket Gryllus bimaculatus. Zoological Science 26 (8): 517-524