Curriculum vitae - Michael Bok

Professional Information

Research Interests:

I am a BBSRC Future Leaders Fellow in the Ecology of Vision Lab at the University of Bristol in the UK. 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.

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.

Full CV: CV PDF (Updated Nov, 2017)


Bok et al., (2017) Radiolar Eyes of Serpulid Worms (Annelida, Serpulidae): Structures, Function, and Phototransduction.
Bok, M.J., M.L. Porter, H.A. ten Hove, R. Smith & D.-E. Nilsson. 2017.
The Biological Bulletin, 233, 000-000.

Bok & Nilsson (2017) Low-Resolution Vision—at the Hub of Eye Evolution.
D.-E. Nilsson & M.J. Bok. 2017.
Integrative and Comparative Biology, 57: 1066-1070.

Bok, Porter & Nilsson (2017) Crustacean Larvae—Vision in the Plankton.
Cronin,T.W., M.J. Bok, & C. Lin. 2017.
Integrative and Comparative Biology, 57: 1139-1150.

Bok, Porter & Nilsson (2017) Phototransduction in fan worm radiolar eyes.
Bok, M.J., M.L. Porter & D.-E. Nilsson. 2017.
Current Biology, 27: R698-R699.

Bok & Nilsson (2016) Fan worm eyes.
Bok, M.J. & D.-E. Nilsson. 2016.
Current Biology, 26: R907-R908.

Cronin & Bok (2016) Photoreception and vision in the ultraviolet.
Cronin, T.W. & M.J. Bok. 2016.
The Journal of Experimental Biology, 219: 2790-2801.

Bok et al. (2016) Here, There and Everywhere: The Radiolar Eyes of Fan Worms (Annelida, Sabellidae).
Bok, M.J., M. Capa & D.-E. Nilsson. 2016.
Integrative and Comparative Biology, 56(5): 10.1093/icb/icw089.

Bok et al. (2015) Ultraviolet filters in stomatopod crustaceans: diversity, ecology, and evolution.
Bok, M.J., M.L. Porter & T.W. Cronin. 2015.
Journal of Experimental Biology, 218(13): 122036.

Bok et al. (2014) Biological Sunscreens Tune Polychromatic Ultraviolet Vision in Mantis Shrimp.
Bok, M.J., M.L. Porter, A.R. Place and T.W. Cronin. 2014.
Current Biology, 24: 1636-1642.

Cronin et al. (2014) Filtering and Polychromatic Vision in Mantis Shrimps: Themes in Visible and Ultraviolet Vision.
Cronin, T.W., M.J. Bok, J.N. Marshall, and R.L. Caldwell. 2014.
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biology, 369: 20130032.

Bok et al. (2013) Sense organs and sensory systems.
Bok, M.J., T.W. Cronin, and K.S. Mead Vetter. 2013.
In: Subclass Hoplocarida (Calman, 1904): order Stomatopoda (Latrielle, 1817). Treatise on Zoology – Anatomy, Taxonomy, Biology: The Crustacea. J.C. von Vaupel Klein, M. Charmantier-Daures and F.R. Schram. Eds. Vol. 4A: 179-355. Brill, Leiden.

Porter et al. (2012) Shedding New Light on Opsin Evolution.
Porter, M.L., J. Blasic, M.J. Bok, E.G. Cameron, T. Pringle, T.W. Cronin, and P.R. Robinson. 2012.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 279: 3-14.

Cronin et al. (2010) The molecular genetics and evolution of colour and polarization vision in stomatopod crustaceans.
Cronin, T.W., M.L. Porter, M.J. Bok, J.B. Wolf, and P.R. Robinson. 2010.
Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 30(5): 460–469.

Porter er al. (2009) Molecular diversity of visual pigments in Stomatopoda (Crustacea).
Porter, M.L., M.J. Bok, P.R. Robinson, and T.W. Cronin. 2009.
Vision Neuroscience, 26(3): 255-65.

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Video Abstract for my recent paper on mantis shrimp ultraviolet vision:

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